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dc.contributor.advisorGanong, Lawrence H.eng
dc.contributor.authorJamison, Tyler B.eng
dc.coverage.spatialMiddle Westeng
dc.date.issued2008eng
dc.date.submitted2008 Falleng
dc.descriptionDr. Lawrence Ganong, Thesis Advisor.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on Feb. 18, 2010).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Human development and family studies.eng
dc.descriptionM.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2008.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.description.abstract[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This study used grounded theory methods to investigate the functions of informal cohabitation in the development of romantic relationships among emerging adults. In-depth interviews from 16 participants revealed that individuals engage in informal cohabitation because they want the comfort and convenience it engenders. However, they exert control over space, time, possessions, and the relationship itself so that the level of relational closeness and commitment do not exceed a desired level. Ultimately, informal cohabitation acts as a stopgap measure between casual dating and more committed types of relationships (e.g., fulltime cohabitation or marriage).eng
dc.format.extentv, 65 pageseng
dc.identifier.oclc535529206eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/6294
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/6294eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsAccess is limited to the campuses of the University of Missouri.eng
dc.subject.lcshUnmarried coupleseng
dc.titleWe're not living together: informal cohabitation in emerging adultseng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman development and family studies (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.S.eng


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