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Description: Following separation and/or divorce what is your bet is to is lonelier, males or females?

Source: Surprising Differences between Lonely Women and Lonely Men, World of Psychology, Kira Asatryan.

Date: November 30, 2015


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We know there are gender differences in how males and females react to differences in general happiness and well-being. Women for example, when things are going well, tend to interpret their feelings as depression whereas men in a similar circumstance tends to express their feelings as anger. What about loneliness is this experienced with equal frequency and with equal intensity by males and females? Research seems to show that generally speaking women at all ages and stages of life report higher levels of feelings of loneliness than do men. Interesting it is married women edge out married men for the lonelier group were a single man outnumber single women in the category of lonely. Why might this be? Read the article through and see if you can come up with some answers to this question into the gender differences suggested in the article.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What is it about women’s tendencies in relation to social relationships as compared to those of men that may put them in a different place when they find themselves in a situation that might lead to loneliness?
  2. What are some of the other characteristics that need to be considered before we lead to conclusions about even the possibility that there are differences in levels of loneliness? For example, might there be differences in openness to reporting feelings of loneliness amongst males and females?
  3. What are some of the other factors concerning how males and females typically engage in issues related to relationships that might have some impact on their experiences of loneliness when out of relationship or perhaps even while in relationship?

References (Read Further):

Asatryan, Kira, (2016) Stop Being Lonely: Three Simple Steps to Developing Close Friendships and Deep Relationships, New World Library.

Broese Van Groenou, M. I., & Gierveld, J. (2014). Quality of marriage and social loneliness in later life.

Qualter, P., Vanhalst, J., Harris, R., Van Roekel, E., Lodder, G., Bangee, M., … & Verhagen, M. (2015). Loneliness Across the Life Span. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(2), 250-264.