Global Study on Cohabiting, Non-Married Parents

Ipsos Global Family and Gender Survey on behalf of The Wheatley Institution and the Institute for Family Studies

The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, D.C. - On March 13th the Institute for Family Studies and the Wheatley Institution released findings from their 11 country Global Family and Gender Survey fielded by Ipsos.  The research indicates a growing number of children in developed countries today are being raised by parents who are living together but not married. Moreover, the research also shows that cohabiting couples with children under age 18 doubt that their current relationship will last, especially in comparison to married parents.

About this Study

The survey was conducted September 13-25, 2018, by Ipsos Public Affairs (formerly GfK), among adults ages 18 to 50 in 11 countries: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Ireland, Mexico, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Survey interviews were conducted online in English, Spanish, French, and Quebecois languages (depending on the languages used in each country). The U.S. sample was from Ipsos’s KnowledgePanel, a probability-based web panel that is representative of the U.S. population. Samples in other countries were selected from Toluna’s Opt-in panels. A total of 16,474 interviews were completed. Sample sizes for each country are as follows: Argentina 668, Australia 2,420, Canada 2,200, Chile 1,240, Colombia 620, France 1,215, Ireland 2,420, Mexico 677, Peru 645, United Kingdom 2,344, United States of America 2,025. Data are weighted to produce a final sample that is representative of the population ages 18 to 50 in the United States. For other countries, the sample is weighted to match the distributions of age, gender, education, and region of the population ages 18 to 50 in each country. 

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The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs