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

Divorced Singles

Amato, P. R. (2000). The consequences of divorce for adults and children. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 1269-1287.

Amato, P. R., & DeBoer, D. D. (2001). The transmission of marital instability across generations: Relationship skills or commitment to marriage? Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 1038-1051.

Applewhite, A. (1997). Cutting loose: Why women who end their marriages do so well. NY: Harper Collins. (Interviews.)

Bloom, B. L., White, S. W., & Asher, S. J. (1978). Marital disruption as a stressful life event. Psychological Bulletin, 85, 867-894.

Cargan, L., & Whitehurst, R. N. (1991). Adjustment differences in the divorced and the redivorced. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 14, 49-78.

Chase-Lansdale, P. L., & Hetherington, E. M. (1990). The impact of divorce on life-span development: Short and long term effects. In P. B. Baltes, D. L. Featherman, & R. M. Lerner (Eds.), Life-span development and behavior (Vol. 10, pp. 105-150). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Cherlin, A. J. (1992). Marriage, divorce, remarriage (Rev. ed.). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Coleman, M., Ganong, L., & Fine, M. (2000). Reinvestigating marriage: Another decade of progress. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 1288-1307.

Dixon, C. S., & Rettig, K. D. (1994). An examination of income adequacy for single women two years after divorce. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 22, 55-71.

Duberman, L. (1975). The special problems of the reconstituted family. The Reconstituted Family: A Study of Remarried Couples and their Children (pp.1-8). Chicago: Nelson-Hall.

Emery, R. E. (1999). Marriage, divorce, and childrenís adjustment (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Frazier, P., Arikian, N. Benson, S., Losoff, A., & Maurer, S. (1996). Desire for marriage and life satisfaction among unmarried heterosexual adults. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 13, 225-239.

Furstenberg, F. F., & Kiernan, K. E. (2001). Delayed parental divorce: How much do children benefit? Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 446-457.

Gohm, C., Oishi, S., Darlington, J., & Diener, E. (1998). Culture, parental conflict, parental marital status, and the subjective well-being of young adults. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 60, 319-334.

Gottman, J. M. (1993). A theory of marital dissolution and stability. Journal of Family Psychology, 7, 57-75.

Gove, W. R., & Shin, H. (1989). The psychological well-being of divorced and widowed men and women. Journal of Family Issues, 10, 122-144.

Heaton, T. B., Cammack, M., & Young, L. (2001). Why is the divorce rate declining in Indonesia? Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 480-490.

Hetherington, E. M. (2002). Marriage and divorce American style: A destructive marriage is not a happy family. The American Prospect, 13, April 8.

Hetherington, E. M., & Kelly, J. (2002). For better or for worse: Divorce reconsidered. NY: Norton.

Hill, L. C., & Hilton, J. M. (1999). Changes in roles following divorce: Comparison of factors contributing to depression in custodial single mothers and custodial single fathers. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 31, 91-114.

Hoffman, S. D., & Duncan, G. J. (1988). What are the economic consequences of divorce? Demography, 25, 641-645.

Holden, K. C., & Smock, P. J. (1991). The economic costs of marital dissolution: Why do women bear a disproportionate cost? Annual Review of Sociology, 17, 51-78.

Hope, S., Rodgers, B., & Power, C. (1999). Marital status transitions and psychological distress: Longitudinal evidence from a national population sample. Psychological Medicine, 29, 381-389.

Hopper, J. (2001). The symbolic origins of conflict in divorce. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 430-445.

Horwitz, A. V., White, H. R., & Howell-White, S. (1996). The use of multiple outcomes in stress research: A case study of gender differences in responses to marital dissolution. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 37, 278-291.

Huddleston, R. J., & Hawkings, L. (1993). The reaction of friends and family to divorce. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 19, 195-207.

Huston, T. L., Niehuis, S., & Smith, S. (2001). The early marital roots of conjugal distress and divorce. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 10, 116-119.

Kaganoff, P., & Spano, S. (1995). Women on divorce: A bedside companion. NY: Harcourt, Brace.

King, V. (2003). The legacy of a grandparentís divorce: Consequences for ties between grandparents and grandchildren. Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 170-183.

Kohen, J. A., Brown, C. A, & Feldberg, R. (1981). Divorced mothers: The costs and benefits of female family control. In P. J. Stein (Ed.), Single Life: Unmarried Adults in Social Context (pp. 288-305). New York: St. Martinís Press.

Kurdek, L. A. (1991). The relations between reported well-being and divorce history, availability of a proximate adult, and gender. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 53, 71-78.

May, E. T. (1980). Great expectations: Marriage and divorce in post-Victorian America. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.

Milardo, R. M. (1987). Changes in social networks of women and men following divorce: A review. Journal of Family Issues, 8, 78-96.

Orbuch, T. L., Veroff, J., Hassan, H., & Horrocks, J. (2002). Who will divorce: A 14-year longitudinal study of black couples and white couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 19, 179-202.

Peterson, R. R. (1996). A re-evaluation of the economic consequences of divorce. American Sociological Review, 61, 528-536.

Peterson, R. R. (1996). Statistical errors, faulty conclusions, misguided policy: Reply to Weitzman. American Sociological Review, 61, 539-540.

Previti, D., & Amato, P. R. (2003). Why stay married? Rewards, barriers, and marital stability. Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 561-573.

Rogers, S. J., & DeBoer, D. D. (2001). Changes in wivesí income: Effects on marital happiness, psychological well-being, and the risk of divorce. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 458-472.

Smock, P. J. (1990). Remarriage patterns of black and white women: Reassessing the role of educational attainment. Demography, 27, 467-473.

Smock, P. J. (1993). The economic costs of marital disruption for young women over the past two decades. Demography, 30, 353-371.

Smock, P. J. (1994). Gender and the short-run economic consequences of marital disruption. Social Forces, 73, 243-262.

Smock, P. J., Manning, W. D., & Gupta, S. (1999). The effect of marriage and divorce on womenís economic well-being. American Sociological Review, 64, 794-812.

South, S. J., & Lloyd, K. M. (1995). Spousal alternatives and marital dissolution. American Sociological Review, 60, 21-35.

South, S. J., Trent, K., & Shen, Y. (2001). Changing partners: Toward a macrostructural-opportunity theory of marital dissolution. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 743-754.

Spanier, G. B., & Casto, R. F. (1979). Adjustment to separation and divorce: A qualitative analysis. In G. Levinger & O. C. Moles (Eds.), Divorce and separation: Context, causes, and consequences (pp. 211-227). New York: Basic Books.

Stone, L. (1990). Road to divorce: England 1530-1987. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Vaughan, D. (1986). Uncoupling: Turning points in intimate relationships. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Yalom, M., & Carstensen, L. L. (Eds.). (2002). Inside the American couple: New thinking, new challenges. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. (Chapter 10. Divorce, American style.)

Yoder, J. D., & Nichols, R. C. (1980). A life perspective comparison of married and divorced persons. Journal of Marriage and the Family, May, 413-419.

Weiss, R. S. (1981). The emotional impact of marital separation. In P. J. Stein (Ed.), Single Life: Unmarried Adults in Social Context (pp. 69-79). New York: St. Martinís Press.

Weitzman, L. J. (1996). The economic consequences of divorce are still unequal: Comment on Peterson. American Sociological Review, 61, 537-538.


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