The Experience of Competent, Over Forty, Never Married Adults

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Remaining single into later life, often seen from the deficit model of being unmarried, is studied from a normative perspective using a purposive sample of competent never married, a mixed methodology, Erikson’s developmental theory and relational analytic thought. An individually determined sense of identity is found in this sample with a capacity to be alone, in Winnicotian terms, within a relational matrix. Marriage is secondary to ensuring a space of one’s own despite taking relationships seriously. These never married adults have a different developmental pathway to that of their married counterparts. Meaningful relationships and productive lives with high levels of life satisfaction are markers of these independently identified individuals. Successful and satisfying lives, using individual values and beliefs as guides rather than convention or partners, reveals prolonged singleness is a different, but successful, developmental pathway.
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September 30, 2011
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