Just Living Together: Implications of Cohabitation on Families, Children, and Social Policy, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Just Living Together

Implications of Cohabitation on Families, Children, and Social Policy, 1st Edition

Edited by Alan Booth, Ann C. Crouter, Nancy S. Landale


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Based on the presentations and discussions from a national symposia, Just Living Together represents one of the first systematic efforts to focus on cohabitation. The book is divided into four parts, each dealing with a different aspect of cohabitation. Part I addresses the big picture question, "What are the historical and cross cultural foundations of cohabitation?" Part II focuses specifically on North America and asks, "What is the role of cohabitation in contemporary North American family structure?" Part III turns the focus to the question, "What is the long- and short-term impact of cohabitation on child well-being?" Part IV addresses how cohabiting couples are affected by current policies and what policy innovations could be introduced to support these couples.

Providing a road map for future research, program development, and policymaking. Just Living Together will serve as an important resource for people interested in learning about variations in the ways families of today are choosing to organize themselves.


"…can be read as a dialogue among some of the foremost scholars in the field of family sociology and demography, as well as a guide for future research on cohabitation and marriage….Thorough data analyses are a strength of the volume….The disjunction between the academic investigations of cohabitation and family change and the policy analyses in this volume focuses attention on the real gap between research and policy--yet another call for further research."

Population and Development Review

"An engaging contextual theology will find much to ponder in these pages, and it is certain to be positively influenced by them."


Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Part I: What Are the Historical and Cross-Cultural Foundations of Cohabitation? K. Kiernan, Cohabitation in Western Europe: Trends, Issues, and Implications. N.S. Landale, Contemporary Cohabitation: Food for Thought. A.G. Hunter, (Re)Envisioning Cohabitation: A Commentary on Race, History, and Culture. Part II: What Is the Role of Cohabitation in Contemporary North American Family Structure? P.J. Smock, S. Gupta, Cohabitation in Contemporary North America. R. Jayakody, N. Cabrera, What Are the Choices for Low-Income Families?: Cohabitation, Marriage, and Remaining Single. R.L. Coley, What Mothers Teach, What Daughters Learn: Gender Mistrust and Self-Sufficiency Among Low-Income Women. C. Le Bourdais, H. Juby, The Impact of Cohabitation on the Family Life Course in Contemporary North America: Insights From Across the Border. Part III: What Is the Long- and Short-Term Impact of Cohabitation on Child Well-Being? W.D. Manning, The Implications of Cohabitation for Children's Well-Being. A. Kalil, Cohabitation and Child Development. B.J. Ellis, Of Fathers and Pheromones: Implications of Cohabitation for Daughters' Pubertal Timing. S.L. Brown, Child Well-Being in Cohabiting Families. Part IV: How Are Cohabitating Couples and Their Children Affected by Current Policies? What Policies Are Needed for These Individuals? W.E. Primus, J. Beeson, Safety Net Programs, Marriage, and Cohabitation. R. Haskins, Federal Social Policy, Cohabitation, and Marriage. A.E. Winkler, The Complexity of Tax and Transfer Program Rules Regarding Cohabitation: Challenges and Implications. M.M. Mahoney, The Economic Rights and Responsibilities of Unmarried Cohabitants. L.F. Hoelter, D.E. Stauffer, What Does It Mean to Be "Just Living Together" in the New Millennium? An Overview.

About the Series

Penn State University Family Issues Symposia Series

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Subject Categories

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PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adulthood & Aging