Working Papers and Published Papers

Working papers written by awardees exploring innovative measures that will help to answer new research questions on married and cohabiting relationships.

Measures of Cohabitation: A Binary Variable Problem?
  • Sarah Halpern-Meekin, and Laura Tach, Co-PIs
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, Human Development & Family Studies
    Cornell University, College of Human Ecology
  • WP-11-05
    • Presented as Why They Cohabit: Couples' Reasons for Cohabitation and Relationship Quality
      • Presented at the Population Association of America annual meeting, May 1, 2014.
    • Published as Discordance in Couples’ Reporting of Courtship Stages: Implications for Measurement and Marital Quality
      • Published 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
      • Published as Does End-of-Life Planning Help Partners Become Better Surrogates?"
      • Published as Persistent Problems in End-of-Life Planning Among Young- and Middle-Aged American Couples, (2013) 68(1): 97-106
      • Published as Predicting a Partner's End-of-Life Preferences, or Substituting One's Own? (2013), 75:(3): 734-745

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
    • WP-13-05
      • Published as Disillusionment in Cohabiting and Married Couples: A National Study

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
Additional Publications by Scholars Who Used the Data
  1. Brown, Susan L., Manning, Wendy D., Payne, Krista K. (2014). Relationship Quality among Cohabiting versus Married Couples. National Center for Family & Marriage Research Working Paper Series, WP-14-03. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University, National Center for Family & Marriage Research. Forthcoming in Journal of Family Issues.
  2. Nerison, M. I. (2014). Factors that Impact Couples' Discussions of Advanced Directive Contents. Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers. Paper 366.
  3. Vennum, A., Lindstrom, R., Monk, J. K., & Adams, R. (2014). "It’s Complicated": The Continuity and Correlates of Cycling in Cohabiting and Marital Relationships. Published in Journal of Social and Personal Relationships; doi:10.1177/026540751350198
  4. Brigman, Davis Knox. (2013). Income Partially Mediates the Health Disparities of Cohabiting and Married Couples. Thesis, State University of New York at Binghamton.
  5. Kang, Hyunsock. (2013). Married or cohabiting? Annual Meeting of the SSSA. New Orleans, LA.
  6. Palmo, Nina. (2013). Searching for the roots of family instability: How do institutions influence relationship formation and quality? Population Association of American 2013 Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.