Spirituality, sacrifice, and relationship quality for expectant cohabitors

Shannon A. Corkery, Melissa A. Curran, Amanda Parkman

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Given negative effects of cohabitation, we examine negative (ambivalence, conflict) and positive (commitment, satisfaction) relationship quality, as explained by perceptions of ease of relational sacrifices and spirituality, for unmarried cohabitors expecting their first child (46 individuals). Controlling for race=ethnicity and education, perceived ease of relational sacrifice was associated with greater satisfaction and lower ambivalence and conflict, whereas spirituality was not associated with any of the relationship quality variables. Examined together, greater ease of relational sacrifice and higher spirituality were associated with greater commitment and satisfaction and lower ambivalence and conflict. Given that many studies of cohabitation focus on demographic factors and that many studies of spirituality focus on married couples, the current study expands knowledge regarding relationship quality for nontraditional couples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-362
Number of pages18
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • Ambivalence
  • Cohabitation
  • Commitment
  • Conflict
  • Relational sacrifice
  • Relationship quality
  • Satisfaction
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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