Journal article

Editorial for Special Collection on New Relationships from a Comparative Perspective

Anne-Rigt Poortman, Belinda Hewitt

DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH | MAX PLANCK INST DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND This special collection is the result of a collaboration between a group of family scholars from Europe and the United States. It initially developed from the observation that in many Western countries new types of couple relationships have emerged alongside marriage (i.e., cohabitation and living-apart-together [LAT] relationships). Although the trend seems universal, it is likely that the prevalence of different relationship types, and their outcomes in particular, vary across countries. Countries differ in how they institutionalize and confer meaning on new relationship types. Such differences may have important implications for how couples behave and organize their daily lives..

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