MMBFD #6 Threats Resulting from Alternatives to Marriage and Conventional Marriages: (E. Single-Person Households)

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  • Threats Resulting from Alternatives to Marriage and Conventional Marriages:                         (E. Single-Person Households)
    • Over the same period the proportion of one-person households rose from 18 to 29%
    • Somerville (2000)
      • argues that there are strong pressures discouraging people from remaining alone, because of later marriage and because of increased divorce
    • Government statistics in 1971 showed 6% of people lived alone in Great Britain, but by 2010 it had risen to more than double to 12.3% (social trends 2011)
    • This can be explained through the ageing population and as a result population increase in the proportion of those working living alone.
    • Bernardes (1997)
      • believe that there are strong pressures discouraging people from remaining single because society portrays marriage as the ideal state.
    • Wasoff Et Al (2005)
      • This would suggest blurring of boundaries between solo living and family living.
      • Looked at the British Household Survey between 1991-2002 and found that 7% of people remained living alone throughout this transition.
    • Jamieson Et Al (2009)
      • They concluded overall that those who live alone only do so for a period of time and that solo-living is a desirable alternative to other lifestyles for only a minority.
      • They social survey data from Europe found over 60% of those who were living on their own were divorced of separated or had previously cohabitated, whereas less than a quarter had never married or cohabitated.
      • Women  after spending several years on their own liked it and developed rich social networks.
      • They argue that solo-living arises in a wdie variety of contexts and has a range of meanings for participants.
      • Jamieson Et Al's research found young men and young women identified a number of advantages in solo-living, but were generally keener in finding a partner.
      • This many suggest that solo-living is a result from the difficulties of sustaining successful relationships.
      • They suggested that this was probably due to factors such as women being more likely than men to have custody of children following a divorce or separation.
      • The dominance of markets and increased mobility will ultimately produce individuali-sation.
      • Men of a working age were more likely to be living on their own than women.
      • Used data from European Social Survey's and other writers on "solo living" support other researchers in that it is a result of industriali-sation


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