By choice or by circumstance? Stereotypes of and feelings about single people

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The study examines stereotypes of and emotional reactions to singles by choice and singles not by choice. Participants (N = 480) read a scenario describing persons, who were either single by choice or single not by choice and rated their thoughts and feelings about these persons. Singles by choice are perceived as more lonely and miserable, and as less warm and sociable, than singles not by choice. However, they are perceived as more successful and potent. Anger and sympathy mediate the relations between choosing singlehood and stereotyping levels. These findings extend the way in which the Attribution Theory explains activation of stereotypes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-48
Number of pages14
JournalStudia Psychologica
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015

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Funding Information:
This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors. Conflict of Interest Statement The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

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© 2015 Institute of Experimental Psychology, Centre of Social and Psychological Sciences, Slovak Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.


  • Attribution theory
  • Emotions
  • Singles
  • Singlism
  • Stereotypes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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