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Does the respondent think that unmarried couples should live together, or whether living together without being married is moral\immoral? 

Below are 6 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 3 types:

[ Congregational Attitudes | Marital Problems? | Recommendations ]

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Category 1:Congregational Attitudes
 

How does the respondent's congregation feell about cohabitation?

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COHABIT from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

Q12e. By your best guess, how would your current place of worship feel about each of the following behaviors? Living together before marriage (COHABIT)
TOTAL%
1) Forbids38631.8
2) Strongly discourages45937.9
3) Somewhat discourages17714.6
4) Encourages60.5
5) Isnt concerned917.5
8) Dont know937.7
Missing436 
TOTAL1,212100.0


PROHIB8 from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Random Profile

Does your congregation or denomination have any special rules or prohibitions regarding the following? Unmarried adults living together. (PROHIB8)
TOTAL%
1) Yes22354.9
2) No18345.1
TOTAL406100.0



Category 2:Marital Problems?
 

Does living together before marriage contribute to marital problems?

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COHAB188 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Sometimes when people live with their spouse before marriage, it creates problems after they get married. Im going to mention problems some people have. Please tell me whether living together before you were married has created this problem in your marriage. Feeling less commitment to the marriage? (COHAB188)
TOTAL%
1) Yes60.4
2) No181.3
97) Inapplicable1,31798.2
Missing692 
TOTAL1,341100.0


COH188 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Sometimes when people live with their spouse before marriage, it creates problems after they get married. Im going to mention problems some people have. Please tell me whether living together before you were married has created this problem in your marriage. Feeling less commitment to the marriage? (COH188)
TOTAL%
1) Yes40.3
2) No16011.9
3) Dont know10.1
97) Inapplicable1,17687.7
Missing692 
TOTAL1,341100.0



Category 3:Recommendations
 

What type of marital/cohabitation arrangement would the respondent recommend to others?

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FEMARRY from General Social Survey, 1988

If you were advising a young woman, which of the following ways of life would you recommend? 1. To live alone without a steady partner; 2. To live with a steady partner, without marrying; 3. To live with a steady partner for a while, and then marry; 4. To marry without living together first? (FEMARRY)
TOTAL%
1) To live alone, without a steady partner1319.3
2) To live with a steady partner, without marrying372.6
3) To live with a steady partner for a while, and then marry37226.3
4) To marry without living together first65246.1
8) Cant choose19713.9
9) No answer251.8
TOTAL1414100.0


MEMARRY from General Social Survey, 1988

If you were advising a young man, which of the following ways of life would you recommend? (MEMARRY)
TOTAL%
1) To live alone, without a steady partner14310.1
2) To live with a steady partner, without marrying402.8
3) To live with a steady partner for a while, and then marry36926.1
4) To marry without living together first63645.0
8) Cant choose19914.1
9) No answer271.9
TOTAL1414100.0




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