Self-Perceptions of Older Never-Married Women in a Fluid and Changing Asian Society: A Narrative Inquiry
As one of the strongly devout Catholic countries in Southeast Asia, the Philippines recognizes marriage as a paramount social institution, where unmarried women face negative perceptions and social consequences. With the increasing populace of elderly people in the country, this study focused on the conditions of middle-aged (ages 45 to 65) never-married women and how the family-oriented society construes their self-perceptions. By interviewing 24 older never-married women over the age of 45, four key aspects were identified behind their lived experiences: interest in marriage, engagement in relationships, societal change, and ending in acceptance. Results open the discussion for social and individual implications.
Manalo, M.T.M., Ng, A.R., Yu, G.A., & Ilac, E.D. (2021). Self-perceptions of older never-married women in a fluid and changing Asian society: A narrative inquiry. Journal of Women & Aging, online first. doi.org/10.1080/08952841.2021.1978804