The aim of this phenomenological study was to gain a better understanding in the lives of single women by exploring their thoughts and experiences of being single. Data were collected from semi-structured interviews of a group of six well-educated, ethnic Chinese single women aged between 30 and 45 living in Beijing and Singapore. Transcribed interviews were analysed through reading and rereading and culling for like phrases and themes that are then grouped to form clusters of meaning. Through this process, we found four salient themes: (a) the women had equivocal feelings over the reasons they were single; (b) they recognized the advantages, disadvantages, and ambivalence of singlehood; (c) they took a pragmatic approach towards their singleness; and (d) they coped singleness with various practical strategies. Implications related to clinical practice and areas of further research are discussed.
Single Women, Phenomenological Study, Lived Experience, Beijing, Singapore
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Ang, C., Lee, K., & Lie, X. (2020). Understanding Singleness: A Phenomenological Study of Single Women in Beijing and Singapore. The Qualitative Report, 25(8), 3080-3100. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2020.4269