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


2. Marriage and family


Adams, E. V., R., & Adams, P. L. (1990). What is a women’s family? Fluctuations in definitions, structure, and functions. In J. Spurlock & C. B. Robinowitz (Eds.), Women’s Progress: Promises and Problems (pp. 9-21). New York: Plenum Press.

Allen, K. R. (2000). Families in the middle and later years: A review and critique of research in the 1990s. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 911-926.

Barrett, M., & McIntosh, M. (1982). The anti-social family. London: Verso.

Bengtson, V. L. (2001). Beyond the nuclear family: The increasing importance of multigenerational bonds. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 1-16.

Cherlin, A. J. (1988). The changing American family and public policy. Washington, D.C.: The Urban Institute Press.

Chilman, C. S., Nunnally, E. W., & Cox, F. M. (Eds.). (1988). Families in Trouble Series: Vol. 5. Variant Family Forms (pp.290-319). London: Sage Publications. (Includes chapters on single parents, cohabiting, widows and widowers, gay/lesbian families, and remarriage.)

Clinton, H. R. (1996). It takes a village and other lessons children teach us. NY: Touchstone.

Cogswell, B. E., & Sussman, M. B. (1972). Changing family and marriage forms: Complications for human service systems. The Family Coordinator, 21, 505-516.

Coontz, S. (1992). The way we never were: American families and the nostalgia trap. NY: Basic Books.

Coontz, S. (1997). The way we really are: Coming to terms with America’s changing families. NY: Basic Books.

Daly, K. J. (2001). Deconstructing family time: From ideology to lived experience. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 283-294.

Demos, J. (1986). Past, present, and personal: The family and the life course in American history. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Downey, D. B. (1995). When bigger is not better: Family size, parental resources, and children’s educational performance. American Sociological Review, 60, 746-761.

Epstein, C. F. (1988). Reconceiving the family. In Deceptive Distinctions: Sex, Gender, and the Social Order (pp.187-214). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Farrell, B. G. (1999). Family: The making of an idea, an institution, and a controversy in American culture. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Gies, F., & Gies, J. (1987). Marriage and family in the Middle Ages. NY: Harper & Row.

Gillis, J. R. (1985). For better, for worse: British marriages, 1600 to the present. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Goldscheider, F., & Goldscheider, C. (1978). The ethnic factor in family structure and mobility/ Cambridge, MA: Ballinger.

Goldscheider, F., & Goldscheider, C. (1989). Ethnicity and the new family economy. Denver, CO: Westview Press.

Goldscheider, F., & Goldscheider, C. (1993). Leaving home before marriage: Ethnicity, familism and generational relationships. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Goldscheider, F., & Waite, L. (1991). New families, no families: The transformation of the American home. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Gore, A., & Gore, T. (2002). Joined at the heart: The transformation of the American family. NY: Henry Holt.

Harrington, M. (1998). The care equation. The American Prospect, 9, July 1.

Hawes, J. M., & Nybakken, E. I. (Eds.). (2001). Family and society in American history. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Holder, D. P., & Anderson, C. M. (1989). Women, work, and the family. In M. McGoldrick, C. M. Anderson, & Walsh, F. (Eds.), Women in Families: A Framework for Family Therapy (pp.357-380). New York: W. W. Norton.

Horner, M., Nadelson, C. C., & Notman, M. T. (Eds.). (1983). The challenge of change: Perspectives on family, work, and education. NY: Plenum.

Kiecolt, K. J. (2003). Satisfaction with work and family life: No evidence of a cultural reversal. Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 23-35.

Lehr, V. (1999). Queer family values: Debunking the myth of the nuclear family. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Lindsey, K. (1981). Friends as family. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

Macklin, E. D. (1980, November). Nontraditional family forms: A decade of research. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 905-922.

May, E. T. (1988). Homeward bound: American families in the Cold War era.. NY: Basic Books.

McDonald, K. B., & Armstrong, E. M. (2001). De-romanticizing Black intergenerational support: The questionable expectations of welfare reform. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 213-223.

Mintz, S., & Kellogg, S. (1988). Domestic revolutions: A social history of American family life. NY: The Free Press.

Oswald, R. F. (2002). Resilience within the family networks of lesbians and gay men: Intentionality and redefinition. Journal of Marriage and Family, 64, 374-383.

Repetti, R. L., Taylor, S. E., & Seeman, T. E. (2002). Risky families: Family social environments and the mental and physical health of offspring. Psychological Bulletin, 128, 330-366.

Roschelle, A. R. (1997). No more kin: Exploring race, class, and gender in family networks. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Ruggles, S. (1994). The origins of the African-American family structure. American Sociological Review, 59, 136-151.

Stack, C. B. (1975). All our kin: Strategies for survival in a Black community. NY: Harper & Row.

Staples, R. (Ed.). (1999). The Black family: Essays and studies (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Staples, R., & Johnson, L. B. (1993). Black families at the crossroads: Challenges and prospects. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Chapter 5, "Singlehood and partner selection," pp. 94-120.

Stone, L. (1977). The family, sex, and marriage in England 1500-1800. NY: Harper & Row.

Thornton, A. (1989). Changing attitudes toward family issues in the United States. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 52, 873-893.

Thornton, A., & Freedman, D. (1982). Changing attitudes toward marriage and single life. Family Planning Perspectives, 14, 297-303.

Thornton, A., & Young-DeMarco, L. (2001). Four decades of trends in attitudes toward family issues in the United States: The 1960s through the 1990s. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 1009-1037.

Veyne, P. (Ed.). (1987). A history of private life. I. From pagan Rome to Byzantium. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Weston, K. (1991). Families we choose: Lesbians, gays, kinship. NY: Columbia University Press.

White, L., & Peterson, D. (1995). The retreat from marriage: Its effect on unmarried children’s exchange with parents. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 57, 428-434.

Zinn, M. B. (1989). Family, feminism, and race in America. Gender & Society, 4, 68-82.


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