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Living together in Australia: Qualitative insights into a complex phenomenon

Carmichael, Gordon; Whittaker, Andrea


This paper mines data from in-depth interviews on family formation with 115 women, men and couples of family-forming age in eastern Australia to examine aspects of the complex phenomenon of living together unmarried. Sixty-five percent of interviews yielded evidence of one or more such relationships entered over approximately a 20-year period. Informants had rarely made considered 'decisions' to cohabit. Moving in had rather just happened', often after couples were 'sort of living together...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Family Studies


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