How do relationship desire and sociability relate to each other among singles? Longitudinal analysis of the Pairfam survey

Elyakim Kislev*

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Abstract

This study examines the effect of relationship desire on singles’ social lives and vice versa. Based on the German-based Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics study, never-married singles and divorced singles were analyzed. Cross-sectional results showed a correlation between the extent to which singles desire relationship and both the relative importance of friendships and overall social satisfaction. Further analysis, using longitudinal methods, showed that the move to a lower degree of relationship desire had a significant effect on the relative importance of friends. Furthermore, both higher levels of the relative importance of friends and social satisfaction are negatively correlated with relationship desire. These results clarify previous studies and point to the fact that singles with low relationship desire are more social and derive greater support from their friends.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2634-2650
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume37
Issue number8-9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2020

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Keywords

  • Friendship
  • loneliness
  • marital status
  • marriage
  • singles by choice
  • social life
  • social satisfaction

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