Translated Titles

Cohabitation, Marriage Values and Marital Satisfaction: A Study of Taiwan Society




鍾宜吟(Yi-Yin Jung);蔡明璋(Ming-Chang Tsai)

Key Words

同居 ; 社會價值 ; 婚姻滿意度 ; 台灣 ; Cohabitation ; Social Values ; Marital Satisfaction ; Taiwan



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

5期(2008 / 12 / 01)

Page #

43 - 72

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

This study examines premarital cohabitation's correlates as well as its influence in marital values and satisfaction by employing a national probability sample. The data for this research is drawn from the Taiwan Social Change Survey conducted in the year of 2001. The findings from regression estimations show that premarital cohabitation happens more frequently among younger cohorts, which lend support to the hypothesis of the 'me generation' that stresses self-centered orientation among young people. The resource limitation theory also receives favorable evidence in that the less educated, specifically, those with less than high school education, are more likely to practice premarital cohabitation. Perhaps because of our use of a specific sample-cohabitation herein refers to living with one's present spouse before marriage, the respondents who practiced it chose 'familial reasons' as the major reason of getting married, rather than stress pure relations as motivations as is proposed by Anthony Giddens (1992). Premarital cohabitation is also found to associate strongly with individualist values that stress personal needs over familial responsibilities, and to lead to lower level of marital satisfaction. The relevance of our empirical findings to both the selection theory and cohabiting experience theory is discussed in the concluding session.

Topic Category 人文學 > 歷史學
社會科學 > 社會科學綜合
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