A) Outline and Explain Reasons for the Growth in Singlehood in the Contemporary Uk. [15]

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a) Outline and Explain reasons for the growth in singlehood in the contemporary UK. [15] Singlehood in the UK has grown over the years, for example, women born between 1946 and 1950, only 7% remained unmarried, however women born between 1961 and 1965, 28% of women remained unmarried, with a similar trend for men. The growth for singlehood could be for a number of different reasons. People are now taking advantage of the new divorce law, and the changing views on singlehood. People are also expecting more from marriage, and women especially are choosing to live alone due to feminist views. One reason for the growth in single hood could be the change in the law for divorce. In 1969 the Divorce Reform Act allowed people to divorce easier, as it meant they could put in place a no fault act. This meant that people didn't feel forced to stay in a marriage that made them unhappy. Furthermore, this would lead to a lot of people expecting more from relationships after getting divorced, as they wouldn't want to fall victim to what cause their last marriage to end again. This is part of the high expectations people now expect from relationships. Young people may have experienced divorce or bad relationships in their life, so they do not want to fall into it themselves, making them wary of marriage. Sue Sharpe's study in the early 1970s showed that young girl's main concerns were 'love, marriage, husbands, children, jobs' in that order. When she then returned in the 90s she found that the list had flipped, with jobs and careers being in first place. This shows how attitudes have changed in a short time, making singlehood more popular. Another reason for the growth in singlehood could be the influence feminism has. More women are choosing to live alone, due to having the capacity to do so, as they don’t need the financial stability marriage once gave them. Feminism has

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