Research Papers

Research 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
Working Papers
  • "Couple Disagreement in Reporting on Courtship Stages: Implications for Measurement and Marital Outcomes"
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
Working Papers
  • WP-12-05
    • "Romantic Relationship Quality and Knowledge of Partner's End-of-Life Preferences"
  • WP-12-03
    • "Age, Self-Reported Health, and End-of-Life Planning among Young and Middle-Aged American Couples"
  • WP-12-01
    • "Racial and Ethnic Differences in Advance Care Planning: Identifying Subgroup Patterns and Obstacles"
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
  • Niehuis, S., Reifman, A., & Lee, K-H. (2015). "Disillusionment in Cohabiting and Married Couples: A National Study."  Journal of Family Issues, 36(7): 951-973. doi: 10.1177/0192513X13498594
Working Paper
  • WP-13-05
    • "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
  • Nomaguchi, K., & Milkie, M. (2014). "Gender, Accuracy About Partners' Work-Family Conflict, and Relationship Quality." Gender and the Work-Family Experience, 159-176. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-08891-4_9
Working Paper
  • WP-11-04
    • "Gender Beliefs about Spouse's Work-Family Conflict, and Relationship Quality"
Additional Publications by Scholars Who Used the Data
  • Brown, S. L., Manning, W. D., & Payne, K. K. (2017). "Relationship Quality Among Cohabiting Versus Married Couples." Journal of Family Issues, 38, 1730-1753.
  • Vennum, A., Lindstrom, R., Monk, J. K., & Adams, R. (2014). "It’s Complicated": The Continuity and Correlates of Cycling in Cohabiting and Marital Relationships." Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
  • Yucel, D. (2018). The Dyadic Nature of Relationships: Relationship Satisfaction Among Married and Cohabiting Couples. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 13(1), 37-58.
Additional Presentations by Scholars Who Used the Data
  • Brigman, Davis Knox. (2013). "Income Partially Mediates the Health Disparities of Cohabiting and Married Couples." Thesis, State University of New York at Binghamton.
  • Burgoyne, S. (2012). "Relationship Quality Among Married and Cohabiting Couples." Family Profiles, FP-12- 12. Bowling Green, OH: National Center for Family & Marriage.
  • Kang, Hyunsock. (2013). "Married or cohabiting?" Annual Meeting of the SSSA. New Orleans, LA.
  • McClain, L. & Gulbis, A. (2017). "Disillusionment and Perceived Likelihood of Break-up Among Married and Cohabiting Couples: The Role of Children." Poster format at the annual meetings of the Population Associate of America. Chicago, IL (April); Annual meetings of the Anthropologists and Sociologists of Kentucky, Bowling Green, KY.
  • Nerison, M. I. (2014). "Factors that Impact Couples' Discussions of Advanced Directive Contents." Master of Social Work Clinical Research Papers. Paper 366.
  • 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.