Stereotypes of singles: are singles what we think?
Version of Record online: 1 JUN 2008
Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 39, Issue 3, pages 368–383, April 2009
How to Cite
Greitemeyer, T. (2009), Stereotypes of singles: are singles what we think?. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 39: 368–383. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.542
- Issue online: 9 MAR 2009
- Version of Record online: 1 JUN 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 APR 2008
- Manuscript Received: 14 APR 2008
- German Research Foundation. Grant Number: GR 1882/12–1
Four studies examined the accuracy of the single stereotype by comparing perceptions of single and partnered targets with self-ratings and ratings by others of single and partnered participants. Results revealed that single targets were evaluated more negatively than partnered targets in terms of a wide range of personality characteristics, overall well-being, and satisfaction with relationships status. These findings were very robust and not qualified by target sex, participant sex, and participant relationship status. In contrast, self-ratings of single and partnered participants were remarkably similar for all personality characteristics as well as overall well-being, which was corroborated by ratings of participants by others. However, partnered participants were indeed more satisfied with their relationship status than single participants. When all is considered, the single stereotype is largely inaccurate. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.