Married and Cohabiting Couples
Pilot Data Released for Public Use


Couple on Bench




NCFMR Releases Pilot Data on 
Married and Cohabiting Couples


The NCFMR is pleased to announce the release of the Married and Cohabiting Couples pilot data via the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). The data provide researchers with a unique opportunity to examine both married and cohabiting couple relationships from the perspectives of both spouses/partners. 


Information from both members of the couple on a range of topics is included in the data, such as...

  • union history,
  • work and family stress,
  • marital disillusionment, and
  • health-care preferences.

The data are composed of a nationally representative sample of United States married (752) and cohabiting (323) couples 18-64 years of age. 


This is the second pilot data release that the NCFMR has provided to researchers using the large, web-based household survey from the Knowledge Networks (KN) panel. The Married and Cohabiting Couples data were collected between July and October 2010. In addition to the main survey variables, Knowledge Networks' standard profile, and a series of data processing variables created by KN are also included in the data. 


The Married and Cohabiting Couples data include several questionnaire items proposed by researchers from around the country. These teams presented their preliminary findings from the data to more than 20 NCFMR affiliates, staff, and students at the Married and Cohabiting Couples Pilot Data conference on August 4 at Bowling Green State University. 


Click here to Quick Download the Married and Cohabiting Couples Pilot Data projects from the ICPSR website.



Research Teams and Projects 

  • Measures of Cohabitation: A Binary Variable Problem?

Sarah Halpern-Meekin and Laura Tach, Co-PIs

Franklin and Marshall College, Department of Sociology 

University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine


  • Factors Affecting Adults' Knowledge of their Partner's Medical Treatment Preferences

Sara M. Moorman and Deborah Carr, Co-PIs 

Boston College, Department of Sociology and Institute on Aging

Rutgers University, Department of Sociology


  • Proposal to Administer the Marital Disillusionment Scale in the Knowledge Networks Panel Survey

Sylvia Niehuis and Alan Reifman, Co-PIs

Texas Tech University, Department of Human Development and Family Studies


  • Gender, Beliefs about Spouses' Work-Family Conflict, and Relationship Quality

Kei Nomaguchi and Melissa Milkie, Co-PIs

Bowling Green State University, Department of Sociology
University of Maryland, Department of Sociolog


  • How Couples Meet

Kelly Raley, PI

University of Texas, Department of Sociology


  • Parental Co-residence with Adult Children

Judith Seltzer and Suzanne Bianchi, Co-PIs

University of California Los Angeles, Department of Sociology  




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established in 2007 by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  

provides scientific leadership, intellectual energy, and administrative assistance to support inter-disciplinary, policy-relevant research on U.S. families.




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