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
 

 
Widowed Singles

Barrett, C., J. (1981). Intimacy in widowhood. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 5, 473-483.

Burgess, J. K. (1988). Widowers. In C. S. Chilman, E. W. Nunnally, & F. M. Cox (Eds.), Families in Trouble Series: Vol. 5. Variant Family Forms (pp.150-164). London: Sage Publications.

Ferraro, K. F. (1984). Widowhood and social participation in later life: Isolation or compensation? Research on Aging, 6, 451-468.

Gove, W. R., & Shin, H. (1989). The psychological well-being of divorced and widowed men and women. Journal of Family Issues, 10, 122-144.

Hansson, R. O., Stroebe, M. S., & Stroebe, W. (1988). Bereavement and widowhood. Journal of Social Issues, 44. (Entire issue.)

Helsing, K. J., Szklo, M., & Comstock, G. W. (1981). Factors associated with mortality after widowhood. American Journal of Public Health, 71, 802-809.

Hiltz, S. R. (1981). Widowhood: A roleless role. In P. J. Stein (Ed.), Single Life: Unmarried Adults in Social Context (pp. 79-97). New York: St. Martinís Press.

Hirsch, B. J. (1980). Natural support systems and coping with major life changes. American Journal of Community Psychology, 8, 159-172.

Lamme, S., Dykstra, P. A., Van Groenou, M. I. B. (1996). Rebuilding the network: New relationships in widowhood. Personal Relationships, 3, 337-349.

Lofland, L. H. (1982). Loss and human connection: An exploration into the nature of the social bond. In W. Ickes & E. S. Knowles (Eds.), Personality, roles, and social behavior (pp. 219-242). NY: Springer-Verlag.

Lofland, L. H. (2001). The social shaping of grief. In S. Cahill (Ed.), Inside social life: Readings in sociological psychology and microsociology (3rd ed., pp. 54-60). Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury.

Lopata, H. Z. (1988). Widows and their families. In C. S. Chilman, E. W. Nunnally, & F. M. Cox (Eds.), Families in Trouble Series: Vol. 5. Variant Family Forms (pp.133-149). London: Sage Publications.

Lopata, H. Z., Heinemann, G. D., & Baum, J. (1982). Loneliness: Antecedents and coping strategies in the lives of widows. In L. A. Peplau & D. Perlman (Eds.), Loneliness: A Sourcebook of Current Theory, Research, and Therapy (pp.310-326). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Maddison, D., & Raphael, B. (1975). Conjugal bereavement and the social network. In B. Schoenberg, I. Gerber, A. Wiener, A. H. Kutscher, D. Peretz, & A. C. Carr (Eds.), Bereavement: Itís Psychosocial Aspects (pp.26-40). New York: Columbia University Press.

Matthews, A. M. (1991). The relationship between social support and morale: Comparisons of the widowed and never married in later life. Canadian Journal of Community, 10, 47-63.

Moore, A. J., & Stratton, D. C. (2001). Resilient widowers: Older men speak for themselves. NY: Springer.

Moore, A. J., & Stratton, D. C. (2003). Resilient widowers: Older men adjusting to a new life. Amherst, NY: Prometheus.

Morgan, D., Carder, P., & Neal, M. (1997). Are some relationships more useful than others? The value of similar others in the networks of recent widows. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 14, 745-759.

Parkes, C. M. (1975). Unexpected and untimely bereavement: A statistical study of young Boston widows and widowers. In Schoenberg, B., Gerber, I., Wiener, A., Kutscher, A. H., Peretz, D., & Carr, A. C. (Eds.), Bereavement: Itís Psychosocial Aspects (pp.119-138). New York: Columbia University Press.

Rice, S. (1989). Single, older childless women: Differences between never-married and widowed women in life satisfaction and social support. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 13, 35-47.

Stroebe, M. S., Hansson, R. O., Stroebe, W., & Schut, H. (Eds.). (2001). Handbook of bereavement research: Consequences, coping, and care. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Stroebe, M. S., & Stroebe, W. (1983). Who suffers more? Sex differences in health risks of the widowed. Psychological Bulletin, 93, 279-301.

Stroebe, M., Stroebe, W., & Schut, H. (2001). Gender differences in adjustment to bereavement: An empirical and theoretical review. Review of General Psychology, 5, 62-83.

Stroebe, W., Stroebe, M., Abakoumkin, G., & Shut, H. (1996). The role of loneliness and social support in adjustment to loss: A test of attachment versus stress theory. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 1241-1249.

 

 
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