An-Najah University Journal for Research - B (Humanities)


This study aims to examine the phenomenon of bachelorhood in Jordanian society and to clarify the reasons behind and the effects of this phenomenon on the level of individuals, family and society. In order to achieve the objectives of this study, the descriptive analytical method was used. 15 interviews were conducted with female bachelors and another 15 interviews were conducted with male bachelors. The study adopted a purposive sample of non-married individuals whom are 35 years old and above. The main finding of this study concluded that bachelorhood represents freedom, independency and psychological stability for both male and female informants. Moreover, the finding of this study emphasized the existence of a number of personal, social, economic, psychological and cultural factors that contributed to the spread of this phenomenon. The study showed that there are many social and psychological effects of the phenomenon of bachelorhood on individuals and society. The negative view of society towards the bachelor and the sense of loneliness are among the most prominent social effects of bachelorhood for both females and males. However the vast majority of the study sample reported a positive effect from psychological aspect represented in the increase in self-reliance. Several recommendations emerged from this study most importantly, the importance to organize several courses and workshops to provide psychological counseling for male and female bachelors in order to motivate them to get rid of the negative perspectives toward this phenomenon. Moreover, more studies and research related to the intellectual and psychological aspects of bachelorhood need to be conducted to promote the idea of marriage among young people of both sexes.