Reasons Why Young Adults Remain Single
1. An unattractive or sex-inappropriate appearance.
2. An incapacitating physical defect or prolonged illness
3. Lack of success in the search for a mate
4. Unwillingness to assume the responsibilities of marriage and parenthood
5. A desire to pursue a career that requires working long and irregular hours or much travelling
6. Residence in a community where the sex ratio is unbalanced
7. Lack of opportunity to meet eligible members of the opposite sex
8. Responsibilities for aging parents or younger siblings
9. Disillusionment as a result of unhappy earlier family experiences or unhappy marital experiences of friends
10. Sexual availability without marriage
11. An exciting lifestyle
12. Opportunity to rise in the vocational ladder
13. Freedom to change and experiment in work and lifestyle
14. Belief that social mobility is easier when single than married
15. Strong and satisfying friendships with members of the same sex
Divorce is the culmination of poor marital adjustment and comes when husband and wife have been unable to find any other satisfactory solution to their problem. Many unhappy marriages do not end in divorce because of religious, moral, economic or other reasons and many marriages end up in separation, either legal or informal, and desertion.
The traumatic effect of divorce is usually greater than that of death because of the bitterness and emotional tension preceding it and because of the social attitude towards divorce. This has a major impact on the children.
Success of adjustment to Adulthood can be measured in terms of three criteria - achievement, satisfaction and personal adjustment. Adults usually reach the peak of their carrier and family life by the time they are in their late thirties. The degree to which adults are successful in adjusting to the important problems they face in adult life will determine the degree of their satisfaction.