Family & Lifestyle

How Cohabitation Affects Families

The Matt Townsend Show
  • Apr 4, 2018 4:00 pm
  • 45:39

Laurie DeRose, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, Research Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Director of Research for the World Family Map Project. She focuses her studies on global family demography and children’s living arrangements. Living together outside of marriage has become one of the more common ways to start a family in the US and the rest of the world. In fact, 40% of births in the US now occur outside of marriage. And as some scholars believe, family stability is more important than marriage when it comes to the well-being of children. But recent evidence has shown that marriage itself is strongly associated with family stability. Dr. Laurie DeRose shares the research.