Zuzana Žilinčíková successfully defended her dissertation

3 Mar 2019

Zuzana Žilinčíková successfully defended her dissertation Cohabitation breakup: mapping of the phenomenon and its consequences across European countriesShe used international data from the Generations and Gender Survey in her dissertation.



Unmarried cohabitation is an increasingly popular form of romantic partnership. Within the past 50 years, cohabitation has become a common experience for the majority of the European population and the number of children born within cohabitation has risen steeply. At the same time, cohabitations are relatively short-lived, and many of the cohabiting couples break up. However, the knowledge about the occurrence and consequences of cohabitation break-up is relatively scarce, especially in the European context. The aim of this dissertation is first, to map the dissolutions of cohabitating unions across European countries; and second, to research the consequences of cohabitation breakup. Special attention is paid to the new partnership formations, living arrangements and father-child relations following the union dissolution. The results of this dissertation thesis confirm that cohabitation is a less stable union than marriage, and this is regardless of a child presence. On the other hand, the consequences of cohabitation dissolution largely resemble the consequences of marital dissolution. Particularly, the living arrangements and father-child relations seem to be very similar for former cohabiting and married individuals.

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