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

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transsexual Singles

Berger, R. M. (1996). Gay and gray: The older homosexual (2nd ed.). NY: Haworth.

Diamond, L. M. (2003). Was it a phase? Young womenís relinquishment of lesbian/bisexual identities over a 5-year period. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 352-364.

Diamond, L. M. (2003). What does sexual orientation orient? A biobehavioral model distinguishing romantic love and sexual desire. Psychological Review, 110, 173-192.

Huyck, M. H. (1995). Marriage and close relationships of the marital kind. In R. Blieszner & V. H. Bedford (Eds.), Handbook of aging and the family (pp. 181-200). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Kite, M. E., & Deaux, K. (1987). Gender belief systems: Homosexuality and the implicit inversion theory. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 11, 83-96.

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

Lee, J. A. (1981). Forbidden colors of love: Patterns of gay love. In P. J. Stein (Ed.), Single Life: Unmarried Adults in Social Context (pp. 128-139). New York: St. Martinís Press.

Lehman, J. L. (1981). What is means to love another woman. In P. J. Stein (Ed.), Single Life: Unmarried Adults in Social Context (pp. 140-147). New York: St. Martinís Press.

Luhtanen, R. K. (1995). Identity, stigma management and psychological well-being in lesbians and gay men. Unpublished dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo, NY.

Meyer, I. H. (2003). Prejudice, social stress, and mental health in lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations: Conceptual issues and research evidence. Psychological Bulletin, 129, 674-697.

Minnigerode, F. A., & Adelman, M. R. (1981). Elderly homosexual women and men. In P. J. Stein (Ed.), Single Life: Unmarried Adults in Social Context (pp. 334-342). New York: St. Martinís Press.

Nardi, P. M. (1999). Gay menís friendships: Invincible communities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Oberstone, A. K., & Sukuneck, H. (1976). Psychological adjustment and life style of single lesbians and single heterosexual women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 1, 172-188.

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.

Patterson, C. J. (2000). Family relationships of lesbians and gay men. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 1052-1069.

Simmons, C. (1979). Companionate marriage and the lesbian threat. Frontiers, 4, 54-59.

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

Weston, K. (1996). Render me, gender me: Lesbians talk sex, class, nation, studmuffins... New York: Columbia University Press.

Williams, W. L. (1998). Social acceptance of same-sex relationships in families: Models from other cultures. In C. J. Patterson & A. R. DíAugelli (Eds.), Lesbian, gay, and bisexual identities in families: Psychological perspectives (pp. 53-71). 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 4. ĎBoston Marriageí among lesbians: Are we a couple if we are not having sex?)


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