CJN - Sep 26 - According to the last comprehensive study of Canadian Jewish demographics (National Household Survey, 2011), the last 30 years has seen "growing numbers of single adults in the population". The incidence of singlehood among the adult population is not a uniquely Jewish phenomenon. But the study found that Jewish adults aged 18 to 26 had a much lower likelihood of being in a steady relationship, compared to their non-Jewish counterparts. Libby Bear, who just finished her PhD thesis, titled Singlehood by Choice or by Necessity, at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, says there are three main factors: 1. more women participate in higher education today; 2. the economic change made it more difficult for young adults to attain economic stability; 3. other, non-marital relationships are becoming legitimized.
by Alex Rose
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