1.1 Background to the Study

Singlehood is a unique stage of life in every individual; it is characterized by a lot of things. Such as; non-involvement in a stable romantic, sexual, intimate and committed relationship or marriage. However, this stage of life is viewed differently, by some as most challenging, tempting and very crucial stage of life. This is also viewed as the peak period; if not careful any decision taken at this stage can either make or mar an individual. During this period, achievable goals for the future are determined and the opportunity to set the pace for a better/greater future be it career choice, financial management, marriage prospect and the need to live a purposeful, successful and fulfilled future or destiny are arrived at. Singlehood is defined as the state of being unmarried, Noel, (2017). It also describes the status of an individual who is under no legal, traditional or spiritual binding called marriage; this is for both males and females Inemeh, (2015). At this stage in life there is always a high level of family, friends, societal pressures, tension, worries and signals to be involved in a relationship that can possibly lead to marriage, This is however, a challenge to young people. The anxiety of making the right choice, making decision on spousal or marital partner becomes very paramount on the singles’ priority list. Psychological well-being has been described as the cornerstone of mental health. According to the World Health Organization (2011), mental health is, ―a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work 2 productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community‖, While traditionally, psychological wellbeing has been defined by a lack of symptom distress (i.e., lack of depression, anxiety, and other symptoms of mental disorders), over time, the term has taken on a more positive definition (Keyes & Magyar-Moe, 2003). Psychological well-being is usually conceptualized as some combination of positive affective states such as happiness and functioning with optimal effectiveness in individual and social life Deci & Ryan, (2008). Huppert (2009) defined ―Psychological well-being as life going well. It is the combination of feeling good and functioning effectively.‖ Psychological well-being has become increasingly recognized as more than just an absence of distressful symptoms, but now includes positive qualities individuals possess that can lead to mental health. A person who is considered as having good mental health is one who assumes the responsibilities that a person of his or her age intellectual and physical capacity should assume as well as carry them out Udoh and Ajala, (2005). Mental health includes both emotional stability and maturity of character, and also the strength to withstand stress inherent in living in today’s society without undue physical and psychological discomfort. Mental health also implies the ability to judge reality accurately and to see things in terms of long range rather than short term values. With regards to interpersonal relationships, mental health means the ability to love, to be able to sustain affectionate relationships with other persons. Mental health also demands satisfaction of needs such as hunger, thirst, sex, self assertiveness, self-esteem and self actualization in such a way that neither self nor other persons are hurt. Recent models of positive functioning have been designed that explain key aspects of psychological well-being. Major concepts include empowerment; recovery-oriented elements 3 such as hope, self-initiation, and purpose in life; individual, environmental, and systems based sources of psychological well-being; and subjectively perceived dimensions of positive functioning (Autonomy, Environmental Mastery, Self- Acceptance, etc.). Models of positive functioning are based on the notion that cultivating and promoting an individual’s strengths and capabilities can potentially enhance one’s psychological well-being as well as protect individuals from symptoms of psychological distress (Office of the Surgeon General, 1999).

Statement of the Problem

Singlehood is a normative and expected social role in youth and early adulthood; however, with increased age, the likelihood of marrying diminishes, and the meaning of singlehood often changes, as it may be seen as a permanent state. A close interaction with some unmarried friends revealed that, singlehood is associated with different types of problems, ranging from emotional insecurity, loneliness, inferiority complex, societal pressure, among others. Singles feel insecure and experience various mental conflicts and the pain of living life of utter loneliness Udoh and Ajala, (2005). These singles complained of having no one with whom they will share their deep concerns with, their happiness and sorrows, They are sometimes forced to stay late in their places of work, most especially those of them teaching in boarding secondary schools so that they can while away time, but they still admit to be unsatisfied with that, even while family and friends sufficed for the aspect of companionship in some events, some ladies explained why having a romantic partner is different.

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