The authors discuss the reasons for decisions to remain single or to
marry, particularly for women today. They consider aspects of the life
experience of single women and provide a developmental context for women's
choices. The authors discuss the impact of marriage on women's lives and
point out that marriage increases stress for women. The changing role of
women in society and increased reproductive control have given women
greater choice about the direction of their lives, including more freedom
to make deliberate decisions about marriage.