Title

“Want to Stay Over?” Demographic, Intrapersonal, and Relational Differences Among Those Who Date, Stay-Over, and Cohabit

Keywords

cohabitation, dating, premarital, relationships, stay-over

Abstract

This study explored the potential uniqueness of staying over, or spending the night with a romantic partner, as a relationship status. Using a recent sample of 2,304 individuals in romantic relationships, we explored how staying over might be associated with demographic, intrapersonal, and relational characteristics. Results suggested that individuals in “stay-over relationships” were similar to those in dating relationships and that cohabiters, defined as those who lived with a romantic partner in the same residence, were the most likely to differ from those in other types of relationships on demographic, intrapersonal, and relational assessments. Staying over in the absence of cohabitation was not associated with differences in relationship outcomes once controls were taken into account, but cohabiters who were not spending the night together did report lower relationship satisfaction compared with cohabiters spending most nights together.

Original Publication Citation

Willoughby, B. J., Madsen, B.*, Carroll, J. S., & Busby, D. M. (2015). “Staying-over:” How Does It Affect Dating and Cohabiting Relationships? Marriage and Family Review, 51, 587-609.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2015-10-07

Publisher

Marriage & Family Review

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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