Personal traits, cohabitation, and marriage

Michael French, Ioana Popovici, Philip Robins, Jenny F. Homer

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Abstract

This study examines how personal traits affect the likelihood of entering into a cohabitating or marital relationship using a competing risk survival model with cohabitation and marriage as competing outcomes. The data are from Waves 1, 3, and 4 of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a rich dataset with a large sample of young adults (N= 9835). A personal traits index is constructed from interviewer-assessed scores on the respondents' physical attractiveness, personality, and grooming. Having a higher score on the personal traits index is associated with a greater hazard of entering into a marital relationship for men and women, but the score does not have a significant influence on entering into a cohabitating relationship. Numerous sensitivity tests support the core findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-199
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Science Research
Volume45
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

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Keywords

  • Cohabitation
  • Marriage
  • Personal traits

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  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Medicine(all)

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Personal traits, cohabitation, and marriage. / French, Michael; Popovici, Ioana; Robins, Philip; Homer, Jenny F.

In: Social Science Research, Vol. 45, 05.2014, p. 184-199.

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French, Michael ; Popovici, Ioana ; Robins, Philip ; Homer, Jenny F. / Personal traits, cohabitation, and marriage. In: Social Science Research. 2014 ; Vol. 45. pp. 184-199.
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