Perceptions of Married Life Among Single Never‐Married, Single Ever‐Married, and Married Adults
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With the increasing prevalence of single adults in the United States, perceptions of marriage as the relationship “gold standard” may be diminishing. In this study (N = 6,576), we explored perceptions of married life in three subgroups of participants: Those who have never married, ever married, and currently married. Across subgroups, most did not perceive married life more positively than single life in external/tangible domains (e.g., more friends), but did in emotional experiences and frame of mind (e.g., contentment). These findings suggest conceptualizations of marriage may be changing to be less positive or less discrepant from conceptualizations of single life. However, these findings also suggest that people continue to view marital relationships as a positive source of emotional experience and support.
Cognition; Interpersonal perceptions; Marital satisfaction; Marriage; Relationship types
Family, Life Course, and Society | Social and Cultural Anthropology
Gesselman, A. N.,
Franco, C. Y.,
Brogdon, E. M.,
Gray, P. B.,
Garcia, J. R.,
Fisher, H. E.
Perceptions of Married Life Among Single Never‐Married, Single Ever‐Married, and Married Adults.