• Sheena Subido
  • Jay Ann Jalin Jose Rizal Memorial State University
  • Cyra Nova Bendaño Jose Rizal Memorial State University
  • Jericho Tan Jose Rizal Memorial State University
  • Elmer Elopre, Jr. Jose Rizal Memorial State University
  • Kent Harold Romano Jose Rizal Memorial State University
  • John Wayne Jacinto Jose Rizal Memorial State University


cohabitation, young adults, marriage, family formation, qualitative


This study aimed to determine the lived experiences of the participants toward cohabitation. The descriptive phenomenological method was used to provide the real essence or description of the phenomenon for young adult couples aged from 18 to 25 years old. This study revealed that childbearing is the common motivation of the participants to engage in such situations, and the participants experienced struggles within the arrangement of cohabitation, such as financial constraints, limited activities and controlled time, troubled life, and priority conflicts, among others. In conclusion, the participants described the phenomenon of cohabitation as a big challenge to their everyday lives. Thus, it is recommended that the LGU provide an intensified program regarding the issues arising from the arrangement.


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