Thus, at least in the context of a country where informal partnerships are not yet fully socially accepted or institutionally supported, the role of cohabitation in intergenerational relations may not be neutral.
Most European countries have experienced a decline in the rates of marriage, which is increasingly preceded or replaced by cohabitation.
We take a different approach because we believe that the contemporaneous strength of bonds with parents is not determined by the present marital status of adult children alone.
Instead, we consider the role of the union formation choices that might have preceded the current partnership.
In addition, we provide evidence that strongly suggests a weaker commitment, on the part of those who cohabit premaritally, to the institution of marriage.
Bulletin on Retirement and Disability Bulletin on Health including Archive of Lists of Affiliates' Work in Medical and Other Journals with Pre-Publication Restrictions Archives of Bulletin on Aging and Health Digest — Non-technical summaries of 4-8 working papers per month Reporter — News about the Bureau and its activities.Unlike in Scandinavian countries, for example, in Poland marriage is still the traditional and most socially supported way to establish a family.Attitudes towards cohabitation are rather ambiguous, largely because, according to the teachings of the dominant Roman Catholic Church, living together without being married is a sin.This article investigates how cohabitation among young people affects their level of satisfaction with their relationship with their parents.We analyse data from the recently released Generation and Gender Survey for Poland, a country with a limited degree of social acceptance of cohabitation, a high degree of attachment to the institution of marriage, and a familialistic culture.Thus, this study may bring us closer to understanding whether recent demographic developments have a negative impact on overall life satisfaction.We use data from the Polish edition of the Generation and Gender Survey (GGS), which is explicitly designed to investigate the key life course transitions and the quality of intergenerational relations in Europe (Vikat et al. Data for Poland may be considered very relevant for the research question addressed in this paper, because cohabitation has not yet become a common and socially accepted living arrangement in this country.Most European countries have seen a retreat from marriage, which is increasingly preceded or replaced by cohabitation.A question that arises in light of this trend is how the diffusion of non-marital cohabitation may affect the quality of family relations.At the same time, we control for the current marital status of adult children.While most of the available studies examined the behavioural aspects of family cohesion and solidarity, such as the frequency of contacts between family members or the intensity of intergenerational transfers, in this paper we focus on the overall level of satisfaction young people report in their relationship with their parents.