Analysis on the prevalence and social determinants of premarital cohabitation in China




Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences;Department of Sociology, Princeton University


Using data from China Family Panel Study in 2014, the prevalence and social determinants of cohabitation in China are examined. Descriptive results show that, although only about 10 percent of Chinese adults born before 1980 cohabited before first marriage, cohabitation has grown sharply among recent birth cohorts. Based on the developmental paradigm and Chinese social context, we propose that ideological changes and institutional changes are the major driving forces of the emergence of cohabitation. Multivariate regression analysis shows that birth cohort, educational attainment, living in urban areas, migration, party membership, and regional development have significant effects on premarital cohabitation. Taken as a whole, our study of cohabitation helps advance our understanding of family changes in China.


cohabitation;family ideology;developmental paradigm;the Second Demographic Transition


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