Family attitudes and gender opinions of cohabiting and married mothers in Switzerland

TitleFamily attitudes and gender opinions of cohabiting and married mothers in Switzerland
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsRyser, V-A, Le Goff, J-M
JournalFamily Science
Date Publishedoct
Keywordscohabitation, family attitudes, gender opinions, labor market, marriage, subjective well-being, Switzerland

A regular increase of nonmarital births has been observed in Switzerland since the middle of the 1990s. This article aims first to investigate whether childbearing within cohabitation reflects a new living arrangement that replaces marriage or whether it is favored by poor economic circumstances. The second aim of this article is to examine whether married or cohabitant women can be distinguished based on their levels of subjective well-being (SWB), family attitudes, and gender opinions. Using a subsample of married and cohabitant mothers from the Swiss Household Panel (SHP), multilevel models reveal that childbearing within cohabitation in Switzerland does not reflect a pattern of disadvantage and that married and cohabitant mothers differ. Cohabitant mothers tend to be less satisfied with life in general, and tend to share a less traditional perspective on family, than married mothers. The research concludes that cohabitation could be considered an avant-garde family style that exhibits more equal division of tasks within the household.

Refereed DesignationRefereed