|Title:||Factors Contributing to Cohabitation among Heterosexual Couples in Addis Ababa|
|Keywords:||Cohabitation, marriage;Addis Ababa, cohabiters|
|Publisher:||Addis Ababa University|
|Abstract:||The purpose of this study was to investigate factors contributing to cohabitation among heterosexual couples in Addis Ababa. In order to undertake the research, a mixed methods research design was employed. Purposive and snowball sampling techniques were used to select the samples of the study. Hence, using a survey data from 107 cohabiters and a semi-structured interview with 6 cohabiters, the study explored major reasons for cohabitation, unique reasons for cohabitation in the study setting that could not be captured by a Western made standard survey instrument, differences in reasons for cohabitation due to selected socio-demographic characteristics, and perceived advantages and disadvantages of cohabitation. The quantitative data analysis was done using descriptive statistics and ANOVA and the qualitative data were analyzed using thematic analytic approach. The findings of the study indicated that the major domains of reason for cohabitation are: spending more time together, testing relationship, financial considerations, plans for marriage and pregnancy. The quantitative study identified that women are more likely than men to cohabit because they want to spend more time together whereas men are more likely than women to cohabit to test the relationship. On the other hand, couples who are less educated, unemployed and earn low income are more likely than couples who are more educated, employed and earn high income to cohabit out of convenience-based reasons. The qualitative study showed that cohabitation increases the emotional and physical attachment of couples. However, the study identified that cohabitation is associated with lower commitment and insecurity in the relationship. Based on the findings of the study, conclusions are drawn and recommendations are forwarded.|
|Appears in Collections:||Thesis-Psychology|
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