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


12. Beyond Psychology

Policy Issues

Writings on public policy issues relevant to issues of civil status and family structure are innumerable. Among the most contentious issues are welfare reform and whether the government should take a role in encouraging marriage. A sampling of references is included here. Another increasingly salient issue is gay marriage. That, and other policy topics, are also represented here.

Bogenschneider, K. (2000). Has family policy come of age? A decade of review of the state of U.S. family policy in the 1990s. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 1136-1159.

Cauthen, N. K., & Amenta, E. (1996). Not for widows only: Institutional politics and the formative years of Aid to Dependent Children. American Sociological Review, 61, 427-448.

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

Coontz, S., & Folbre, N. (2002). Marriage, poverty, and public policy. The American Prospect. Originally prepared for the Fifth Annual Council on Contemporary Families Conference, April 26-28.

DíEmilio, J., Turner, W. B., & Vaid, U. (2002). Creating change: Sexuality, public policy, and civil rights. NY: St. Martinís Press.

Folbre, N. (2001). Leave no child behind? The American Prospect, 12, January 1.

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

Hays, S. (2003). Flat broke with children: Women in the age of welfare reform. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Heller, K., & Rook, K. S. (1997). Distinguishing the theoretical functions of social ties: Implications for support interventions. In S. Duck (Ed.), Handbook of Personal Relationships (2nd ed., pp. 649-670). NY: Wiley.

Jencks, C., & Swingle, J. (2000). Without a net: Whom the new welfare law helps and hurts. The American Prospect, 11, 37-41.

Nelson, M. (2002). Declaring welfare reform a success: The role of applied social science. Journal of Poverty, 6, 1-27.

OíRand, A. M. (2000). Risk, rationality, and modernity: Social policy and the aging self. In K. W. Schaie & J. Hendricks (Eds.), The evolution of the aging self (pp. 225-249). NY: Springer.

Glenn, N. D., Sawhill, I. V., Horn, W. F., Wilcox, W. B., & Gallagher, M. (2002). What next for the marriage movement? A strategic discussion. American Experiment Quarterly, Summer, 43-63.

Pong, S., Dronkers, J., & Hampden-Thompson, G. (2003). Family policies and childrenís school achievement in single- versus two-parent families. Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 681-699.

Rook, K. S. (1984). Promoting social bonding: Strategies for helping the lonely and socially isolated. American Psychologist, 39, 1389-1407.

Rook, K. S., & Dooley, D. (1985). Applying social support research: Theoretical problems and future directions. Journal of Social Issues, 41, 5-28.

Rubin, R. H. (1988). Public policies and variant family forms. In C. S. Chilman, E. W. Nunnally, & F. M. Cox (Eds.), Families in Trouble Series: Vol. 5. Variant Family Forms (pp.254-289). London: Sage Publications.

Skitka, L. J., & Tetlock, P. E. (1993). Providing public assistance: Cognitive and motivational processes underlying liberal and conservative policy preferences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65, 1205-1223.

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.

Stull, D. E., & Scarisbrick-Hauser, A. (1989). Never-married elderly: A reassessment with implications for long-term care policy. Research on Aging, 11, 124-139.


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