Society & Culture

Marriage and family specialist to speak at UGA on cohabitation

Athens, Ga. – Scott Stanley, noted author and co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver, will speak on couple relationships, particularly the risks of cohabitation, on March 21 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 481 of the Tate Student Center.

Stanley’s discussion on “Sliding vs. Deciding: How New Paradigms in Partnering Impact the Development of Commitment,” is sponsored by the department of human development and family science within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Stanley said his talk will focus on the risks to long-term, healthy relationships associated with cohabitation.

“Most people slide into cohabitation rather than talking about it and coming to a decision,” Stanley said. “People end up living together before they’ve clarified big questions about their future.”

Stanley said this is significant because cohabitation can make it more likely some couples will remain together when they would otherwise break up.

Stanley and colleagues have researched, developed and refined their Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program for more than 25 years. He also has authored or co-authored several books, including “Fighting for Your Marriage” and “The Power of Commitment.”

“We are pleased to sponsor Dr. Stanley’s visit because he will collaborate with our students and with our faculty while here, therefore strengthening our connections with a family science expert,” said Jay Mancini, head of the UGA department of human development and family science. “He will also benefit from UGA human development and family science researchers and prevention scientists who are also studying couple and family relationships.”

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on Stanley’s research, see