The Scientific Study of People Who Are Single:
An Annotated Bibliography

Bella M. DePaulo
Chair, Academic Advisory Board of the Spectrum Institute
Research and Policy Division of the
American Association for Single People (AASP)

January 2, 2004


1.  Singles and Subtypes of Singles

Cohabiting Singles

Bernhardt, E. M., & Goldscheider, F. K. (2001). Men, resources, and family living: The determinants of union and parental status in the United States and Sweden. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 793-803.

Binstock, G., & Thornton, A. (2003). Separations, reconciliations, and living apart in cohabiting and marital unions. Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 432-443.

Blumberg, G. (2001). The regularization of nonmarital cohabitation: Rights and responsibilities in the American welfare state. Notre Dame Law Review, 76, 1265.

Blumberg, G. (1981). Cohabitation without marriage: A different perspective. UCLA Law Review, 28, 1125.

Bowman, C. G. (1997). A feminist proposal to bring back common law marriage. Oregon Law Review, 75, 709.

Brines, J., & Joyner, K. (1999). The ties that bind: Principles of cohesion in cohabitation and marriage. American Sociological Review, 64, 333-355.

Brown, S. L., & Booth, A. (1996). Cohabitation versus marriage: A comparison of relationship quality. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 58, 668-678.

Bumpass, L. L., & Sweet, J. A. (1989). National estimates of cohabitation. Demography, 26, 615-625.

Bumpass, L. L., Sweet, J. A., & Cherlin, A. (1991). The role of cohabitation in declining rates of marriage. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 53, 913-927.

Dush, C. M. K., Cohan, C. L., & Amato, P. R. (2003). The relationship between cohabitation and marital quality and stability: Change across cohorts? Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 539-549.

Kurdek, L. A. (2003). Differences between gay and lesbian cohabiting couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 20, 411-436.

Macklin, E. D. (1981). Cohabiting college students. In P. J. Stein (Ed.), Single Life: Unmarried Adults in Social Context (pp. 210-220). New York: St. Martinís Press.

Mackin, E. D. (1983). Nonmarital heterosexual cohabitation: An overview. In E. D. Mackin & R. H. Rubin (Eds.), Contemporary Families and Alternative Lifestyles: Handbook on Research and Theory (pp. 49-74). London: Sage Publications.

Macklin, E. D. (1988). Heterosexual couples who cohabit nonmaritally: Some common problems and issues. In C. S. Chilman, E. W. Nunnally, & F. M. Cox (Eds.), Families in Trouble Series: Vol. 5. Variant Family Forms (pp.56-72). London: Sage Publications.

Manning, W. D., & Smock, P. J. (1995). Why marry? Race and transition to marriage among cohabitors. Demography, 32, 509-520.

Manning, W. D., & Smock, P. J. (2002). First comes cohabitation and then comes marriage. Journal of Family Issues, 23, 1065-1087.

McGinnis, S. L. (2003). Cohabiting, dating, and perceived costs of marriage: A model of marriage entry. Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 105-116.

Nicole, F. M., & Baldwin, C. (1995). Cohabitation as a developmental stage: Implications for mental health counseling. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 17, 386-396.

Prinz, C. (1995). Cohabiting, married, or single: Portraying, analyzing, and modeling new living arrangements in the changing societies of Europe. Aldershot: Avebury.

Raley, R. K. (1996). A shortage of marriageable men? A note on the role of cohabitation in Black-White differences in marriage rates. American Sociological Review, 61, 973-983.

Sanchez, L., Manning, W., & Smock, P. (1998). Sex-specialized or collaborative mate selection? Union transitions among cohabitors. Social Science Research, 27, 280-304.

Seltzer, J. A. (2000). Families formed outside of marriage. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 1247-1268.

Smock, P. J. (2000). Cohabitation in the United States: An appraisal of research themes, findings, and implications. Annual Review of Sociology, 26, 1-20.

Smock, P. J., & Gupta, S. (2002). Cohabitation in contemporary North America. In A. Booth & A. C. Crouter (Eds.), Just living together: Implications for children, families, and public policy (pp. 53-84). Mahweh, NJ: Erlbaum.

Smock, P. J., & Manning, W. D. (1997). Cohabiting partnersí economic circumstances and marriage. Demography, 34, 331-341.

Solot, D., & Miller, M. (2002). Unmarried to each other: The essential guide to living together as an unmarried couple. NY: Marlowe.

Tanfer, K. (1987). Patterns of premarital cohabitation among never-married women in the United States. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 49, 483-497.

Teachman, J. (2003). Childhood living arrangements and the formation of coresidential unions. Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 507-524.

Thornton, A. (1988). Cohabitation and marriage in the 1980ís. Demography, 25, 497-508.

Thornton, A., Axinn, W. G., & Teachman, J. D. (1995). The influence of school enrollment and accumulation on cohabitation and marriage in early adulthood. American Sociological Review, 60, 762-774.

Treas, J., & Giesen, D. (2000). Sexual infidelity among married and cohabiting Americans. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 48-60.



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