Sexual Exclusivity among Dating, Cohabiting, and Married Women
Cohabitation, Social dating, Ethnicity, Human sexual behavior, Hispanics, Monogamy, Protestantism, African American education, Catholicism, Bachelors degrees
Using sexual exclusivity as an indication of commitment to a partner, we examine commitment within dating, cohabitation, and marriage. Employing data from the National Survey of Women (1991), we find that cohabitation, in terms of sexual commitment, is more similar to dating than marriage, and that cohabitation, relative to marriage is selective of less committed individuals. In addition, limiting our analyses to currently married women, we find that the characteristics emphasized in partner selection by those who cohabit before marriage differ from the characteristics emphasized by those who do not cohabit before marriage, and that these characteristics influence sexual exclusivity among prior cohabitors.
Original Publication Citation
Forste, Renata, and Koray Tanfer. 1996. “Sexual Exclusivity Among Dating, Cohabiting, and Married Women.” Journal of Marriage and the Family 58(1):33-47
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Forste, Renata and Tanfer, Koray, "Sexual Exclusivity among Dating, Cohabiting, and Married Women" (1996). All Faculty Publications. 2809.
Journal of Marriage and Family
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
Journal of Marriage and Family © 1996 National Council on Family Relations