Married and Cohabiting Couples

August 4, 2011
Bowling Green State University
Conference Agenda

The NCFMR hosted the Married and Cohabiting Couples Pilot Data conference at Bowling Green State University. Teams of researchers from around the country presented their preliminary findings from the data to an audience of more than 20 NCFMR affiliates, staff, and students. The data presented provide researchers with a unique opportunity to examine both married and cohabiting couple relationships from the perspectives of both spouses/partners. The Married and Cohabiting Couples data are now available for public use via the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

Measures of Cohabitation: A Binary Variable Problem?
  • Sarah Halpern-Meekin and Laura Tach, Co-PIs
    Franklin and Marshall College, Department of Sociology
    University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
    • WP-11-05
      • Presented as Why They Cohabit: Couples' Reasons for Cohabitation and Relationship Quality
      • Published as Discordance in Couples’ Reporting of Courtship Stages: Implications for Measurement and Marital Quality in Social Science Research, (2013), 42: 1143-1155: doi:
Factors Affecting Adults’ Knowledge of their Partner’s Medical Treatment Preferences
  • Sara M. Moorman and Deborah Carr, Co-PIs
    Boston College, Department of Sociology and Institute on Aging 
    Rutgers University, Department of Sociology
    • WP-12-05
    • WP-12-03
    • WP-12-01
      • Published as The Role of Relationship Biography in Advance Care Planning in Journal of Aging and Health, June 2, 2014; doi:10.1177/0898264314534895
      • Published as Does End-of-Life Planning Help Partners Become Better Surrogates?" in The Gerontologist (2014); doi: 10.1093/geront/gnu031
      • Published as Persistent Problems in End-of-Life Planning Among Young- and Middle-Aged American Couples, (2013) 68(1): 97-106, in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B; doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbs103
      • Published as Predicting a Partner's End-of-Life Preferences, or Substituting One's Own?, Volume 75, Issue 3, Pp. 734-745, June 2013, in Journal of Marriage and Family; doi: 10.1111/jomf.12030
Proposal to Administer the Marital Disillusionment Scale in the Knowledge Networks Panel Survey
  • Sylvia Niehuis and Alan Reifman, Co-PIs 
    Texas Tech University, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Gender, Beliefs about Spouses' Work-Family Conflict, and Relationship Quality
  • More than half of couples (55.9% of husbands and 55.0% of wives) are inaccurate in their estimates of their spouses’ work-family conflict.

  • Husbands are significantly more likely to overestimate, than underestimate, wives’ work-family conflict.
    • This result is consistent with gendered cultural scripts that employed women “should” be feeling high work-family conflict.

  • There are few differences in whether wives overestimate or underestimate husbands’ work-family conflict.
    • This result does not support the prediction that wives would be more likely to underestimate, than overestimate, husbands’ work-family conflict due to gendered cultural scripts that employed men “should” not have much work-family conflict.

  • Husbands’ overestimating wives’ work-family conflict is related to husbands’ perceptions of better relationship quality.

  • Wives’ underestimating husband’s conflict is related to both spouses’ perceptions of poorer relationship quality.
  • Kei Nomaguchi and Melissa Milkie, Co-PIs
    Bowling Green State University, Department of Sociology
    University of Maryland, Department of Sociology
How Couples Meet
  • Kelly Raley, PI
    University of Texas, Department of Sociology
Parental Co-residence with Adult Children
  • Judith Seltzer and Suzanne Bianchi, Co-PIs
    University of California Los Angeles, Department of Sociology
    • WP-10-05
      • Work published as The Effects of Vignette Placement on Attitudes Toward Supporting Family Members in Field Methods,  1525822X15572801, first published on March 3, 2015

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