ERIC Number: ED193541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Identities and Lifestyle Adaptations of Never Married Women.
Burnley, Cynthia S.
Interviews were conducted with 30 single women between ages 30-40 in an investigation of the life styles of never-married women. Two-thirds of the respondents reported that, as teenagers, they had established approximate ages for marriage; most expected to be married by age 25. Women who expect to marry see single life as temporary, and may delay making life changes that could be affected by future marriage. By age 30, two-thirds of the respondents had changed their perceptions on the likelihood of marriage. Although marriage remained a possibility, most respondents saw it as less likely than in the earlier past. Many changed their life styles as they approached age 30. A return to school was the modal form of change. Singles are often asked to account for why they have not married. The reasons they give depend on the person asking, the situation, and their satisfaction with life. Most are happy with their present life styles and anticipate adjusting to being single as they get older. A few anticipate that lack of companionship might lower future life satisfaction. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (Boston, MA, August 24-27, 1979).