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The One-Person Household: A Consequence of the Isolated Nuclear Family?
John C. Belcher
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 29, No. 3 (Aug., 1967), pp. 534-540
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/349599
Page Count: 7
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The number of people living alone is increasing much more rapidly than the total population of the United States. In the period since 1960, approximately one-third of all new households contain but one person. Data from the one-in-a-thousand sample of the 1960 Census of Population are analyzed to determine the demographic characteristics of the one-person household as well as to formulate explanations for their increase. The hypothesis is advanced that the primary reason for this increase is the dominance of the small nuclear family.
Journal of Marriage and Family © 1967 National Council on Family Relations