Is it housework, paid work, or money? And is there a difference between married and cohabiting couples? So far, researchers have paid little attention to disagreements within cohabiting and married couples.
A new study by Tanja Van der Lippe, Marieke Voorpostel (Utrecht University), and Belinda Hewitt (University of Queensland) aims to improve our understanding of the meaning of cohabitation by examining disagreements within marital and cohabiting relationships.
They found that cohabitors had more disagreements about housework, the same disagreements about money, but fewer disagreements about paid work than did married people. There are no gender or cross-country differences in these associations. The results provide further evidence that the meaning of cohabitation differs from that of marriage, and that this difference remains consistent across nations.
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