Ashville, North Carolina (PressExposure) April 24, 2008 -- Cohabitation is now more widely accepted than getting divorced or having a child out of wedlock. Oprah, Brad and Angelina are the latest high profile celebrities to help "mainstream" cohabitation.
U.S. Census Bureau finds 10 million couples living together; cohabitation has replaced marriage as the first living together experience. 60% all marrying couples now live together first and this number will skyrocket since 75% of high-school kids see cohabitation as worthwhile and harmless.
National Cohabitation Month has been established to increase society's expectations of cohabitation and improve the stability of cohabitating relationships.
Cohabitation should no longer be treated as a single social phenomenon. Instead, widely diverse populations, from teenagers to seniors, live together, as either an experiment in building an intimate relationship or simply to pool social security. All indications are that cohabitation will be a permanent feature in our society and the basis for a new form of family union. In light of this reality, Dr. John Curtis, acclaimed author, consultant and family counselor, believes the logical response is to work to strengthen the institution of cohabitation not condemn it.
National Cohabitation Month is another example of the increasing popularity and acceptance of cohabitation as a viable alternative to marriage much like in Europe. Dr. Curtis saw the opportunity to provide insightful and helpful information to these couples to keep their relationship on solid ground in his new book, Happily Un-Married: Living Together & Loving It!, due out in May in conjunction with National Cohabitation Month. This important book is for anyone who is cohabitating, intends to cohabitate, or is interested in learning more about cohabitating, this new book is the first-ever, "fitness guide" for any live-in relationship.
Dr. John Curtis is a senior organizational development consultant, researcher, business trainer and author. His education includes a B.A. in Education, a Masters in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Organizational Development
John is the President of IOD, Inc., which has been providing consulting services since 1986. His experience spans 25 years and involves leading and managing comprehensive organizational development projects for hundreds of organizations nationwide in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
As an experienced leader of numerous assessment and planning projects, he is able to create a positive climate conducive to productive working relationships. He brings to organizations a unique perspective on the way people process information, solve problems, plan, gain commitment, and manage change. He also helps to create systems within organizations that ensure accountability and enhanced organizational focus, direction and leadership performance.
John has academic teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member at several community colleges and universities teaching a wide variety of courses in the field of family therapy, organizational development, behavioral psychology, ethics, and bureaucratic behavior.
Prior to that, John was a full-time marriage and family counselor who achieved clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. John is married with two children and two grandchildren.
He is sought after as consultant, trainer and speaker nationwide and frequently talks on topics such as leadership development, strategic planning, quality improvement and the concepts in The Business of Love.