Alternative Lifestyles

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 359–378 | Cite as

Single rural elders

A comparison of dimensions of life satisfaction
  • Jean Pearson Scott


This research examined dimensions of life satisfaction of rural lifelong single elders in comparison with their married and widowed counterparts. A random sample including 30 singles, 214 married, and 163 widowed adults aged 65 to 99 years was interviewed. Contrary to much of the literature, the data indicated that single adults lead relatively active lifestyles. Lifelong singles reported experiencing significantly more loneliness and unhappiness than the married, but less loneliness than the widowed. Taken as a whole, self-rated life satisfaction was not significantly different for singles, the married, or the widowed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Pearson Scott
    • 1
  1. 1.University of North Carolina at GreensboroUSA

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