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Tradition of Marriage Questions

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Earlyn Pierre
Family
Interview & Report 1
20
th
February 2020
Questions asked during the interview process:
1. Have you ever lived with a partner you weren’t married to?
2. What was the main reason for cohabitating?
3. Are there any benefits or disadvantages to cohabitating?
4. Do you share the same views as your parents on cohabitating before marriage?
5. Do you think cohabitating threatens the tradition of marriage?
I chose these questions because I was interested in the topic of cohabitating before
marriage. In class we spoke about the relation between cohabitating and marriage and so I felt
that these questions would give a sense of explanation and support to the readings by Cherlin.
I asked these questions to two adults, one male and one female. One married for 5 years
and the other has never been married but had been in serious committed relationships. The
female who has been married for 5 years did not live with her husband before but the male that
has never been married currently lives with his girlfriend. The main reasons that he gave for
cohabitating was simply being close to his significant other and getting to know her better. The
responses to number 3 were a bit similar. The male felt that cohabitating brought economic
benefits such as sharing resources, less expenses etc. and the only disadvantage was that you lose
your personal space. Both male and female felt that you got to know the person you’re

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Earlyn Pierre Family Interview & Report 1 20th February 2020 Questions asked during the interview process: 1. Have you ever lived with a partner you weren’t married to? 2. What was the main reason for cohabitating? 3. Are there any benefits or disadvantages to cohabitating? 4. Do you share the same views as your parents on cohabitating before marriage? 5. Do you think cohabitating threatens the tradition of marriage? I chose these questions because I was interested in the topic of cohabitating before marriage. In class we spoke about the relation between cohabitating and marriage and so I f ...
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