However, little is known about the effects of stayovers on future commitment decisions or marriage.
"A key motivation is to enjoy the comforts of an intimate relationship while maintaining a high degree of personal control over one's involvement and commitment," said Larry Ganong, professor in HDFS.
She found that although living together before marriage has become less taboo, many young adults want to avoid the potential negative social consequences of cohabitation.
Jamison recommends future research to determine the effect of stayovers on marriage and divorce rates.
Her follow-up research is focused on stayover relationships in unmarried parents.
Respect for both oneself and others is a key characteristic of healthy relationships.
In contrast, in unhealthy relationships, one partner tries to exert control and power over the other physically, sexually, and/or emotionally.
Healthy Relationships Unhealthy relationships are marked by characteristics such as disrespect and control.
It is important for youth to be able to recognize signs of unhealthy relationships before they escalate.
Whether you are looking to make friends or keep the ones you have, friendship is important in any Christian teen's life.
This is also why Christian teens need to work at keeping their friendships strong.
"Many college-aged adults are students who will soon be facing a transition point in their lives," Jamison said.
"Most students do not have a definite plan for where they will live or work after graduation, and stayovers are a way for couples to have comfort and convenience without the commitment of living together or having long-term plans." The study, "We're not living together: Stayover relationships among college-educated emerging adults," is in the current issue of the .
Some characteristics of unhealthy relationships include: It is important to educate youth about the value of respect and the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships before they start to date.