Cohabitation and Divorce

Richard Bulcroft, Western Washington University
Learning Goals

Learning about survey methodology and sampling methods_x000D_
Using software to access and analyze census data_x000D_
Employing control variables_x000D_
Learning how to construct, read, and interpret bivariate tables displaying frequencies and percentages_x000D_
Review the Following Methodological Concept:_x000D_
Randomization vs. Random Sampling_x000D_
Causality vs. Spuriousness_x000D_
Self-Selection Bias_x000D_
Social Measurement_x000D_
Hypothesis Formation_x000D_
Independent and Dependent Variables_x000D_
Review Substantive Material:_x000D_
The Effects of Cohabitation on Marital Success_x000D_
Selection vs. Experience Effects_x000D_
Unconventionality Hypothesis_x000D_
Risk Differences Hypothesis_x000D_
Deviance Hypothesis

Context for Use

This activity is used in a Sociology class for undergraduate students. This activity explores topics of household/family and marriage, divorce, cohabitation and childbearing in the United States.

Description and Teaching Materials




This module is designed to illustrate the effects of selection bias on the observed relationship between premarital cohabitation and later divorce. It also serves as a review of key methodological concepts introduced in the first part of the course.
Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity uses one customized data set made from from the 2000 Census. It guides students through data manipulation using WebCHIP software found at DataCounts!. To open WebCHIP with the dataset for the activity, please see instructions and links in the exercise documents under teaching materials. For more information on how to use WebCHIP, see the How To section on DataCounts!

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