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


Amato, P. R., & Booth, A. (1995). Changes in gender role attitudes and perceived marital quality. American Sociological Review, 60, 58-66.

Amato, P. R., Johnson, D. R., Booth, A., & Rogers, S. J. (2003). Continuity and change in marital quality between 1980 and 2000. Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 1-22.

Barnett, R. C., & Hyde, J. S. (2001). Women, men, work, and family. American Psychologist, 56, 781-796.

Berger, P., & Kellner, H. (1964). Marriage and the construction of reality. Diogenes, 46, 1-24.

Bernard, J. (1972). The future of marriage. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Brodbar-Nemzer, J. Y. (1986). Marital relationships and self-esteem: How Jewish families are different. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 48, 89-98.

Butler, E. W. (1979). Traditional marriage and emerging alternatives. New York: Harper & Row.

Carstensen, L. L., Graff, J., Levenson, R. W., & Gottman, J. M. (1996). Affect in intimate relationships: The developmental course of marriage. In C. Magai & McFadden, S. H. (Eds.), Handbook of emotion, adult development, and aging (pp. 227-247). San Diego: Academic Press.

Cherlin, A. J. (1998). Marriage and marital dissolution among black Americans. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 29, 147-152.

Cott, N. (2000). Public vows: A history of marriage and the nation. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Cowan, P., & Cowan, C. P. (1998). New families: Modern couples as new pioneers. In M. A. Mason, A. Skolnick, & S. D. Sugarman (Eds.), All our families: New policies for a new century (pp. 169-192). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Duberman, L. (1997). Marriage and other alternatives. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

Eisler, B. (1986). Private lives: Men and women of the fifties. NY: Franklin Watts.

Felson, M., & Knoke, D. (1974, August). Social status and the married woman. Journal of Marriage and the Family 516-521.

Friedan, B. (1963). The feminine mystique. NY: Norton.

Gallagher, M. (1996). The abolition of marriage: How we destroy lasting love. Washington, DC: Regnery.

Gerstel, N., & Gross, H. (1983). Commuter marriage: Couples who live apart. In E. D. Mackin & R. H. Rubin (Eds.), Contemporary Families and Alternative Lifestyles: Handbook on Research and Theory (pp. 180-193). London: Sage Publications.

Glenn, N. D. (1998). College texts on marriage: No happy endings. The Christian Science Monitor (June 29), p. 11.

Glenn, N. D., Nock, S., & Waite, L. J. (2002). Why marriage matters: Twenty-one conclusions from the social sciences. American Experiment Quarterly, Spring, 34-44.

Hackstaff, K. B. (1999). Marriage in a culture of divorce. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Heyn, D. (1997). Marriage shock: The transformation of women into wives. NY: Villard.

Higginbotham, E. (1981). Is marriage a priority? Class differences in marital options of educated black women. In P. J. Stein (Ed.), Single Life: Unmarried Adults in Social Context (pp. 259-267). New York: St. Martinís Press.

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.

Javris, C. (2001). The marriage sabbatical: The journey that brings you home. Cambridge, MA: Perseus.

Johnson, M. P., Caughlin, J. P., & Huston, T. L. (1999). The tripartite nature of marital commitment: Personal, moral, and structural reasons to stay married. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 61, 160-177.

Karney, B. R., & Bradbury, T. N. (1995). The longitudinal course of marital quality and stability: A review of theory, method, and research. Psychological Bulletin, 118, 3-34.

Laub, J. H., Nagin, D. S., & Sampson, R. J. (1998). Trajectories of change in criminal offending: Good marriages and the desistance process. American Sociological Review, 63, 225-238.

Leach, M, & Borchard, T. J. (Eds.). (2002). I like being married: Treasured traditions, rituals, and stories. NY: Doubleday.

Lichter, D. T., McLaughlin, D. K., Kephart, G., & Landry, D. J. (1992). Race and the retreat from marriage: A shortage of marriageable men? American Sociological Review, 57, 781-799.

Matire, L. M., Stephens, M. A. P., & Townsend, A. L. (2000). Centrality of womenís multiple roles: Beneficial and detrimental consequences for psychological well-being. Psychology and Aging, 1, 148-156.

McLoyd, V. C., Cauce, A. M., Takeuchi, D., & Wilson, L. (2000). Marital processes and parental socialization in families of color: A decade review of research. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 1070-1093.

Ooms, T. (2002). Marriage plus. The American Prospect, 13, April 8.

Oppenheimer, V. K. (1988). A theory of marriage timing. American Journal of Sociology, 94, 563-591.

Paul, P. (2002). The starter marriage and the future of matrimony. NY: Villard.

Popenoe, D., & Whitehead, B. D. (2003). The state of our unions 2003: The social health of marriage in America (5th ed.). The National Marriage Project. Http://

Qian, Z., & Preston, S. H. (1993). Changes in American marriage, 1972 to 1987: Availability and forces of attraction by age and education. American Sociological Review, 58, 482-495.

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.

Root, M. P. P. (2002). The color of love. The American Prospect, 13, April 8. (About interracial marriage)

Schieman, S., & Turner, H. A. (1998). Age, disability, and the sense of mastery. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 39, 169-186. (Reports links between disability and rate of marrying at different ages.)

Schwartz, P. (1994). Peer marriage: How love between equals really works. NY: The Free Press.

South, S. J. (1993). Racial and ethnic differences in the desire to marry. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 55, 357-370.

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

Trumbetta, S. L., & Gottesman, I. I. (2000). Endophenotypes for marital status in the NAS-NRC twin registry. In J. L. Rodgers, D. C. Rowe, & W. B. Miller (Eds.), Genetic influences on human fertility and sexuality. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Umana-Taylor, A. J., & Fine, M. A. (2003). Predicting commitment to wed among Hispanic and Anglo partners. Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 117-129.

Waite, L. J., & Gallagher, M. (2000). The case for marriage: Why married people are happier, healthier, and better off financially. NY: Doubleday.

Yalom, M. (2001). A history of the wife. NY: Harper Collins.

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


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