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Living Apart Together and Cohabitation Intentions in Great Britain

Coulter, Rory and Hu, Yang (2017) 'Living Apart Together and Cohabitation Intentions in Great Britain.' Journal of Family Issues, 38 (12). pp. 1701-1729. ISSN 0192-513X

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Abstract

A growing number of studies examine how, why, and when people form and maintain living apart together (LAT) relationships. Although this literature shows that LAT is a diverse and ambiguous practice, little is known about whether people live apart together in particular ways under distinct constellations of life course circumstances. Moreover, it is unclear how intentions to convert LAT into cohabitation are configured by life trajectories. Drawing on data from an unprecedentedly large survey of people in LAT partnerships, we construct a fourfold typology of individuals in LAT relationships and show that each of the identified profiles is characterized by a distinctive position in the life course and different cohabitation intentions. These results indicate that LAT is a flexible way to practice partnership within the context of life course circumstances.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cohabitation intentions, intimate relationships, life course, living apart together, partnership
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Yang Hu
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2016 13:22
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2017 18:20
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16358

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