more open to marriage but place lower priority on searching for mates. This includes cohabiting couples.
Define Voluntary Stable Singles.
people who are not married and are very satisfied with that choice. This includes never married as well as previously married who do not want to remarry
Define involuntary single
those who would like to be married and are actively seeking mates. This includes widowed, divorced, and never married.
Define involuntary stable singles
primarily older divorced, widowed and never married people who wanted to marry or remarry but did not find a mate and now accept their single status. (or homosexual couples)
What are the types of never married?
-ambivalence -wishful -resolved regretful
voluntary and temporary
involuntary and temporary
permanents and prefer it
resigned to their fate. often well educated, high income, over 40 but no available men
What percent of men and women at age 65 and older have never married.
Which gender is most likely to remain single after divorce or widowhood.
older women because they are caring for aging parents
What percentage of Americans marry at least once?
What percentage of Americans live alone?
What percentage of men and women live alone?
men: 11% women: 31%
Why to more women tend to live alone?
on average, women live 5 years longer than men
Many singles choose to live alone because: (4)
-they can afford it -our values emphasize individualism -Americans are living longer and healthier lives so they can live independently -people are postponing marriage or deciding not to marry
What was singlehood like in the 17th and 18th century?
single people lived with parents, not member of society until married
What was marriage like in the 19th century?
single people lived in boarding houses but were more independent from families, still stigmatized
Define Singlehood in the 1950s
pitied women not married by 25
Define singlehood now
remain single longer, cohabitation
Name the percentage that are between the ages of 20 and 29 that are looking for a soul-mate.
Name some things that are increasing in regards to singlehood
-delayed marriage -employment options for women -increased divorce and decreased likelihood of remarriage -more women are in college -more liberal social and sexual standards -uneven ratios of unmarried women to men
How does the media portray singlehood and marriage?
singles glorified and marriages unsatisfied with affiars
Challenges of being single: (4)
-stereotypes -employment -women who are single and in their mid-twenties might be viewed as having baggage -Families may view singles as selfish, as failures or whores
Why is there a rising number of single women?
-greater participation in the workforce -women who are economically secure view a husband as a matter of choice rather than a financial necessity
What makes it more difficult to find a husband?
older more educated better job
What percentage of US household are headed by singles?
Changes in percentages of American adults living alone.
1970: 8% 2000: 25%
What percentage of US adults over 65 are never married?
Myths about singlehood.
-singles are tied to their mother's apron strings -singles are selfish and self-centered -singles are well off financially -singles are happier -there is something wrong with unmarried people
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