Reduced relationship desire is associated with better life satisfaction for singles in Germany: An analysis of pairfam data

Elyakim Kislev*

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Abstract

This research estimates the extent to which life satisfaction of singles is influenced by their desire to be single. Regression analyses on data from the Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics (pairfam) studies are used to investigate this question, paying particular attention to longitudinal differences between never-married and divorced/separated men and women. Panel data analyses between different waves of the pairfam data indicate that decreases in desires for a relationship are significantly associated with greater life satisfaction. These patterns hold for all but one of the demographic groups investigated (divorced/separated men). The results are used to suggest how many singles may be able to maintain high levels of life satisfaction in the face of social stigmata.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2073-2083
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume38
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2021

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Keywords

  • Divorce
  • life satisfaction
  • marriage
  • singlehood

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