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An Exploration of the Predictors of Relationship Status with a Caveat on Interpretation

DOI: 10.4236/ojapps.2017.78031, PP. 412-432

Keywords: Divorce, Separation, Union Status, Union Stability, Relationship Status

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Using the Puerto Rican Maternal and Infant Health Study dataset (PRMIHS), the predictors of relationship status were examined via probit regression. The strongest predictors of relationship status found were interactions between bi-nary variables for the age that a respondent first had sexual intercourse and for the age that a respondent first entered into a union (N = 1452). This paper con-cludes by arguing that the results provide support for viewing union status as being primarily dependent on the people involved in the union instead of being primarily dependent on factors external to the people themselves.

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