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ERIC Number: EJ846762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
The Social and Cultural Construction of Singlehood among Young, Single Mormons
Darrington, Jana; Piercy, Kathleen W.; Niehuis, Sylvia
Qualitative Report, v10 n4 p639-661 Dec 2005
Religious young adults interpret their single experiences based on an intricate system of influences that include personal beliefs, family, religious teachings, and friendships. This qualitative study of 24 never-married, young Mormon men and women examined the social and cultural construction of singlehood based on: (1) definitions of singlehood, (2) influences on the construction of singlehood, and (3) feelings about being single. A major theme of this research emerged in the way participants defined singlehood: by what they lacked and by seeking to end their temporary single state through marriage. Families and religious teachings interacted to form the strongest influences on participants construction of singlehood, while supportive friends helped respondents feel that they were not alone. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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