Dating before marriage statistics
In many places, that stigma lingers today, which could give the studies linking it to unsuccessful marriages some staying power.“Popular beliefs tend to die hard, even in the face of evidence that might disconfirm them,” Lehmiller said.
“Some people might want to believe certain things about the impact of living together before marriage, maybe stemming from religious or moral beliefs.”But Rhoades pushed back on the suggestion that some bias toward confirming researchers’ own beliefs may be at work.
However, over the years, many researchers began wondering whether earlier findings that linked cohabitation to divorce were a relic of a time when living together before marriage was an unconventional thing to do.Indeed, as cohabitation has become more normalized, it has ceased to be so strongly linked to divorce. In 2012, a study in the “since the mid-1990s, whether men or women cohabited with their spouse prior to marriage is not related to marital stability.” This is the same journal that just published a study finding the opposite.Steffen Reinhold, of the University of Mannheim’s Research Institute for the Economics of Aging, pointed out in a 2010 study that in European countries, the correlation disappeared when the cohabitation-before-marriage rate among married adults reached about 50 percent; the U. Galena Rhoades, a psychologist at the University of Denver, has a few theories as to why it’s so difficult to glean what effect, if any, cohabitation has on marital stability.And, this isn’t the first time researchers have come to differing conclusions about the implications of premarital cohabitation.The practice has been studied for more than 25 years, and there’s been significant disagreement from the start as to whether premarital cohabitation increases couples’ risk of divorce.