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Living Apart Together and Cohabitation Intentions in Great Britain

Coulter, R; Hu, Y; (2017) Living Apart Together and Cohabitation Intentions in Great Britain. Journal of Family Issues , 38 (12) pp. 1701-1729. 10.1177/0192513X15619461. Green open access

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Abstract

A growing number of studies examine how, why, and when people form and maintain living apart together (LAT) relationships. Although this literature shows that LAT is a diverse and ambiguous practice, little is known about whether people live apart together in particular ways under distinct constellations of life course circumstances. Moreover, it is unclear how intentions to convert LAT into cohabitation are configured by life trajectories. Drawing on data from an unprecedentedly large survey of people in LAT partnerships, we construct a fourfold typology of individuals in LAT relationships and show that each of the identified profiles is characterized by a distinctive position in the life course and different cohabitation intentions. These results indicate that LAT is a flexible way to practice partnership within the context of life course circumstances

Type: Article
Title: Living Apart Together and Cohabitation Intentions in Great Britain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0192513X15619461
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X15619461
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: cohabitation intentions, intimate relationships, life course, living apart together, partnership
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1558449
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