The lived experience of being single for the never-married woman over age thirty
AdvisorHaase, Joan E.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractA moment occurs in life when a critical mass of pros and cons is reached, and the awakening happens. Ambivalent or not, the women were very clear that the direction to remain single after thirty was no accident. The journey is constantly changing and complex. Historically labeled as unhealthy and different than the norm, the battle ensues to overcome societal expectations, personal and familial hopes and dreams in order to establish themselves as complete and whole individuals. The intent may not be to remain single, but for the moment, have others respect them for who they are. Fourteen theme categories were identified after the data was analyzed. Understanding the complex interactions between structural, cultural and biographical aspect provides a fertile ground for nursing to assist single women to construct an independent life and find a place of peace until the next transition occurs.
Degree ProgramGraduate College