Cohabitation and social engagement

  • Christoph M. Schimmele University of Victoria
  • Zheng Wu University of Victoria
Keywords: cohabitation, marital status, social engagement, social networks, prosocial behaviour


In Canada, nonmarital cohabitation has become a normative life experience, but there are uncertainties regarding its contribution to social cohesion. This article compares and contrasts cohabitation with marriage (and other marital statuses) on two dimensions of social engagement:social networks and prosocial behaviour. The study employs GSS-17 microdata and logistic regression analysis. The findings illustrate that social engagement is similar among cohabitors and the married.

Author Biography

Christoph M. Schimmele, University of Victoria
Department of Sociology