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US Couples Who Shack Up Are Having More Babies!

Posted by Alissa Robson

There’s a study for everything it seems, as new research by the CDC turns up surprising conclusions about couples who live together without being married.

The study, which included 10,403 males and 12,279 females aged 15 to 44, looked at first births occurring across the US from the years 2006 to 2010 and found that 22 percent of the births were from women who cohabitated but who weren’t married. This number has risen 12 percent since data collected in 2002.

“More people are cohabiting. It’s more likely that they are going to have children when in cohabiting unions, the study’s lead author Gladys Martinez said.

Despite the logical reasoning, the number is actually causing a bit of alarm, given the lives of children born to unwed parents have been statistically deemed more unstable and lacking in resources and opportunities. But now, research is being conducted to draw the distinction between single mothers and mothers living with their partners to clarify the outcomes.

Overall (considering data beyond first births), the increase of mothers giving birth while cohabitating with male partners has jumped from 17 percent in 2002 to 30 percent in 2006 to 2010.

It’s an interesting finding – is a stable relationship where parents are cohabiting as good for a child as one in which the parents are married? Does it make any difference at all? Is the relationship of a cohabiting couple any more or less likely to succeed than a marriage?

Let us know what you think of this research in the comments!

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