Cohabitation is when people live together in an emotional and or physically intimate relationship. The
West Encyclopedia of American Law defines the term as couples who are not married while
Abubakar et al., (2008) defines cohabitation as simply the act of a man and woman living together
and having a sexual relationship without being married. Prior to 1970, cohabitation was illegal and
even considered as a taboo in most states (Popenoe et al., 1999). Today, the practice has become
common worldwide. In the United States, cohabitating couples account for 5.5 million households (A
Few Facts on Cohabitation- (2001).
The trend has also increased rapidly in majority of the higher institute of learning, reason being the
increase in the number of undergraduate students and the inability of the tertiary institutions in
expanding and building new hostels which has forced several students to look for accommodation
outside the campus. This has led to the emergence of an unacceptable trend in most of the universities
in which male and female students cohabit in the same room. Some call it campus marriage but it
would rather be called “cohabitation” among students, since it is an indecent act perpetuated off
campus (Abubakar et al., 2008).Popenoe and Whitehead (2002) asserted that what makes cohabitation
so significant is not only its prevalence but also its widespread and popular acceptance.
They went further to say that in recent students representational survey, nearly 66% of high school
senior boys and 61% of the girls indicated that they agreed or mostly agreed with the statement
claiming that it is usually a good idea for a couple to live together before getting married in order to
find out whether they can really get along. Yet, cohabitation prior to marriage has been consistently
associated with poorer marital communication quality, lower marital satisfaction and higher levels of
domestic violence (Clarkberg, M, Ross, M. Stoltenberg and Linda J. W.1995).
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