More On Cohabitation Before Marriage

June 9, 2010 — 2 Comments

About 14,000 readers have read my post on the dangers of living together before marriage: Seven Reason Why Living Together Before Marriage is not a Good Idea.

It’s obviously a topic that a lot of people are interested in.

That’s why Paul Williams’ article in the Christian Standard caught my eye.  He writes:

A study recently published by the National Center for Health Statistics received a remarkable amount of media attention. The study concluded that those who cohabitate before marriage are less likely to see their marriages survive 10 years than those who do not cohabitate before marriage.

Most reports about the study were presented with a sense of shock and amazement. An article in The New York Times was shamelessly pro-cohabitation. It even included this quote from a University of Michigan professor, “From the perspective of many young adults, marrying without living together first seems quite foolish.” Now remind me again, when exactly did “many young adults” become the quotable authorities on issues of morality?

The majority of American young people think cohabitation is not only all right, but normal. The number of women in their 30s who cohabitate has doubled to 61 percent in the last 15 years. From the writings of Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith, it appears only about 15 percent of the emerging adult population hold conservative values on the subject. Smith says most of those are Evangelical Christians.

You can read the rest of the article here: And So It Goes

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2 responses to More On Cohabitation Before Marriage

  1. 

    I have used your post on living together to counsel a number of people. Although I think it is pretty impressive evidence I don’t get the impression that it made much of an impact on them. Of all the cohabitating couples I’ve spoken to about it, only one individual has made the choice to call it quits – and her boyfriend was none too happy. The last three couples who have come to me looking to get married were all cohabitating. I’m interested … how do you handle that situation?

  2. 

    Relevant just wrote an interesting article about twentysomething Christians and the of ignoring morality……I found it interesting http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/deeper-walk/features/21731-do-we-ignore-morality

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