CitationPrince, Barbara F.; Joyner, Kara; & Manning, Wendy D. (2017). The timing and likelihood of union formation by sexual orientation identity and social context. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Montréal, QC: American Sociological Association.
AbstractWhile studies continue to document the size and composition of same-sex coresidential unions, they have yet to fully identity factors that promote and impede the formation of these unions. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, we examine how sexual orientation identity is associated with the timing and likelihood of forming same-sex and different-sex coresidential unions (cohabitation and marriage) and how social context indicators are associated with union formation. Overall, we find that the formation of same-sex and different-sex unions differs by sexual orientation identity. Respondents who identity as homosexual are most likely to form same-sex unions while respondents who identity as heterosexual are most likely to form different-sex unions. Respondents who identify as bisexual more closely resemble heterosexuals than homosexuals in their patterns of union formation. We also find that male respondents who identity as homosexual are unique in their patterns of forming a first coresidential union. They are the least likely of any group to form any coresidential union (regardless of whether the partner is the same or different sex). Furthermore, non-Hispanic black homosexual males have a lower hazard of forming a same-sex corresidential union, compared to white homosexual males. Homosexual males with a bachelor’s degree also have a lower hazard of forming a same-sex union compared to those who do not. Our findings underscore the importance of considering sexual orientation identity and social context when examining union formation, especially among sexual minorities.
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book TitleAnnual Meeting of the American Sociological Association
Series TitleSection on the Sociology of the Family Refereed Roundtable Session and Business Meeting
Author(s)Prince, Barbara F.
Manning, Wendy D.