Vida Česnuitytė


The goal of this article is to explore patterns of behaviour of social strata’s in respect to first partnership formation as marriage or cohabitation in Lithuania. Research hypotheses of this paper were formulated based on ideas of his theories of capitals and habitus by P. Bourdieu. Hypotheses tested on Lithuanian “Family and Fertility Survey” (1994–1995) data. Event History Analysis as research method was used. Analysis showed that social stratas have not significantly different behaviour patterns in first partnership formation. Common trend is that entry to first partnership as cohabitation usually is later than entry to first partnership as marriage for all social stratas in all periods. Individuals with medium social status experience highest risk to entry to cohabitation.