IFS Reports (R87)

Cohabitation, marriage, relationship stability and child outcomes: final report

Date: 25 October 2013
Authors: Claire Crawford , Alissa Goodman and Ellen Greaves
Publisher: Institute for Fiscal Studies
DOI: 10.1920/re.ifs.2013.0087
This report considers the extent to which differences in parental characteristics explain gaps in cognitive and socio-emotional development between children at older ages. It documents and explores the differences between children born to cohabiting and married couples for a range of other non-cognitve skills such as engagement in risky behaviours. It draws together and extends work showing the differences in relationship stability between cohabiting and married couples, and the extent to which these differences may play a role in explaining the gaps in cognitive and socio-emotional development between children born and raised in different family forms.