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

Single Men


Akerlof, G. A. (1998). Men without children. The Economic Journal, 108, 287-309.

Chapman, R., & Rutherford, J. (Eds.). (1988) (reprinted in 1996). Male order: Unwrapping masculinity. London: Lawrence & Wishart.

Chudacoff, H. P. (1999). The age of the bachelor: Creating an American subculture. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Coley, R. L. (2001). (In)visible men: Emerging research on low-income, unmarried, and minority fathers. American Psychologist, 56, 743-753.

Coltrane, S. (2000). Fatherhood and marriage in the 21st century. National Forum, 80, 25-28.

Darling, J. (1976). An interactionist interpretation of bachelorhood and late marriage: The process of entering into, remaining in, and leaving careers of singleness. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Davis, A. G., & Stong, P. M. (1977). Working without a net: The bachelor as a social problem. The Sociological Review, 25, 109-129.

Eggebeen, D. J., & Knoester, C. (2001). Does fatherhood matter for men? Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 381-393.

Ehrenreich, B. (1983). The hearts of men: American dreams and the flight from commitment. NY: Anchor Books.

Gerson, K. (1993). No manís land: Menís changing commitments to family and work. NY: Basic Books.

Nardi, P. M. (1992). Menís friendships. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Nock, S. L. (1998). Marriage in menís lives. NY: Oxford.

Oppenheimer, V. K., Kalmijn, M., & Lim, N. (1997). Menís career development and marriage timing during a period of rising inequality. Demography, 34, 311-330.

Rallings, E. M. (1966, November). Family situations of married and never-married males. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 485-490.

Rotundo, E. A. (1993). American manhood: Transformations in masculinity from the revolution to the modern era.. NY: Basic Books.

Snyder, K. V. (1999). Bachelors, manhood, and the novel, 1850-1925. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Waehler, C. A. (1991). Selected Rorschach variables of never-married men. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 47, 123-132.

Waehler, C. (1995). Relationship patterns of never-married men and their implications for psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, 32, 248-257.

Waehler, C.A. (1996). Bachelors: The psychology of men who havenít married. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Essays and other Non-Academic Writings

Ade, G. (1922). Single blessedness and other observations. Garden City, NJ: Doubleday, Page.

Faludi, S. (1999). Stiffed: The betrayal of the American man. NY?: William Morrow.

Lopate, P. (1989). Bachelorhood: Tales of the metropolis. NY: Poseidon Press. (Essays)


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