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Sliding Versus Deciding: Inertia and the Premarital Cohabitation Effect

Premarital cohabitation has consistently been found to be associated with increased risk for divorce and marital distress in the United State. Two explanations for this “cohabitation effect” are discussed: selection and experience. We present an empirically based view of how the experience of cohabitation may increase risk for relationship distress or divorce for some people beyond what is accounted for by selection. Specifically, using a commit­ment framework , we suggest that some couples who otherwise would nor have married end up married because of the inertia of cohabitation

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Christianity and depression: It’s complicated

By LaKeisha Fleming Updated 5:47 AM ET, Sun May 20, 2018 LaKeisha Fleming is a writer, producer, and director who has previously worked with Tyler Perry Studios and CNN. The views expressed in this article belong to the author. (CNN)I've always been a happy person....

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