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 Women


Adams, M. (1971). The single woman in today’s society: A reappraisal. The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 41, 776-786.

Allen, K. R., & Pickett, R. S. (1987). Forgotten streams in the family life course: Utilization of qualitative retrospective interviews in the analysis of lifelong single women’s family careers. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 49, 517-526.

Bahr, H. M., & Garrett, G. R. (1976). Women alone: The disaffiliation of urban females . Toronto: Lexington Books.

Baker, L. G. Jr. (1968). The personal and social adjustment of the never-married woman. Journal of Marriage and the Family, August, 473-479.

Chandler, J. (1991). Women without husbands: An exploration of the margins of marriage. NY: St. Martin’s Press.

Chasteen, A. L. (1994). "The world around me": The environment of single women. Sex Roles, 31, 309-328.

Cooney, T. M., & Uhlenberg, P. (1989). Family-building patterns of professional women: A comparison of lawyers, physicians, and postsecondary teachers. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 51, 749-758.

Dalton, S. T. (1992). Lived experience of never-married women. Mental Health Nursing, 13, 69-80.

Gigy, L. L. (1980). Self-concept of single women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 5, 321-340.

Gordon, T. (1994). Single women: On the margins? Washington Square, NY: New York University Press.

Holmes, I.H. (1983). The allocation of time by women without family responsibilities. Washington, D.C.: University Press of America.

Houseknecht, S. K., Vaughan, S., & Statham, A. (1987). The impact of singlehood on the career patterns of professional women. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 49, 353-366.

Jethani, U. (1994). Single women. Jaipur, India: Rawat Publications.

Kaslow, F. W. (1992). Thirty-plus and not married. In B. R. Wainrub (Ed.), Gender Issues Across the Life cycle (pp.77-94). New York: Springer.

Lewis, K. G. (1997). Always single and single again women: A qualitative study. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 23, 115-134.

Linn, R. (1996). ‘Thirty nothing’: What do counsellors know about mature single women who wish for a child and a family? International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 18, 69-84.

Lott, B. (1993). Women’s Lives: Themes and Variations in Gender Learning. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole. (Being single, pp. 152-156)

Primakoff, L. (1988). Solo pioneers: Single-minded rationality. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 6, 66-80.

Sokoloff, N. J. (1981). Early work patterns of single and married women. In P. J. Stein (Ed.), Single Life: Unmarried Adults in Social Context (pp. 238-259). New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Spurlock, J. (1990). Single women. In J. Spurlock & C. B. Robinowitz (Eds.), Women’s Progress: Promises and Problems (pp. 23-33). New York: Plenum Press.

Wakil, S. P. (1980). To be or not to be married. International Journal of Sociology of the Family, 10, 311-318.

Essays and other Non-Academic Writings

Anderson, C.M., & Stewart, S. (1994). Flying solo: Single women in midlife. NY: Norton.

Bence E. (1982). Leaving home. The making of an independent woman. Philadelphia: Bridgebooks.

Clements, M. (1998). The improvised woman: Single women reinventing single life. NY: Norton.

Faludi, S. (1991). Backlash: The undeclared war against American women. NY: Crown.

Fraser, M. B. (2001). Solitaire: The intimate lives of single women. Toronto: Macfarlane, Walter, & Ross.

Ornstein, P. (2000). Flux: Women on sex, work, kids, love, and life in a half-changed world. NY: Doubleday. (Chapter 11. Single and forty: God forbid?)

Simon, B.L. (1987). Never married women. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Smith, M. B. (1951). The single woman of today: Her problems and adjustment. NY: Philosophical Library.

Wasserstein, W. (1991). Bachelor girls. NY: Vintage.


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