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Teenagers and Dating. Chapter 6, Section 2. Courtship and dating. Interaction between men and women prior to the rise of dating is known as courtship . Its express purpose is marriage. The process is a continuum– it steadily progresses, and can stop at any time.

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teenagers and dating

Teenagers and Dating

Chapter 6, Section 2

courtship and dating
Courtship and dating
  • Interaction between men and women prior to the rise of dating is known as courtship.
    • Its express purpose is marriage.
  • The process is a continuum– it steadily progresses, and can stop at any time.
  • Courtship has not always been this flexible.
    • It was not as ‘casual’ as dating is today.
    • Roles were strictly defined.
  • Main purpose: FIND A SPOUSE!!!
the emergence of dating
The Emergence of Dating
  • Dating emerged due to the following factors:
  • Industrial Revolution—People moved from the farms to the cities where young adults could gain more economic freedom and establish their own homes. As a result, parental control over young adults and courtship decreased.
  • Public Education—By the 1900s, most secondary school students attended coeducational public schools which increased interaction between boys and girls.
the emergence of dating1
The Emergence of Dating
  • Automobile—Young adults had more freedom of movement without their parents.
  • Telephone—Young adults could more easily talk to members of the opposite sex.
  • Equality of Women—More women entered the workforce and took on active community roles, which increased the interaction between single adult men and women.
role of homogamy
Role of homogamy
  • In dating, as in other institutions, homogamy plays a large role.
  • Homogamy= tendency of individuals to marry people who have social characteristics similar to their own.
  • Where can this *idea* of homogamy also be seen in society?
so why date
So… why date?
  • Serves several important functions in adolescence.
    • Serves as a form of entertainment
    • Is a means of socialization that teaches people about the opposite sex and social situations
    • Helps teach role behaviors and define self-concepts
    • Fills psychological needs such as companionship
    • Helps individuals attain status, as people are judged in part by whom they date
    • Aids in spouse selection
willard waller s study
Willard Waller’s Study
  • In the 1920s/1930s, Willard Waller conducted a study of students on the campus of Penn State University.
  • He found that for most of them, dating was mainly a form of entertainment and for social status.
  • Most of the ‘dating’ was within the individuals who were in fraternities and sororities.
dating patterns traditional
Dating Patterns: Traditional
  • Traditional Dating Patters
    • Man is responsible for arranging the date.
    • Rules of conduct were well-defined, and there was a pressure to conform.
    • In the early stages of dating, there were certain set activities in order to lessen stress.
    • As it progressed to ‘steady dating’ there was generally a visible sign of commitment.

- Summarize!!!

dating patterns contemporary
Dating patterns- contemporary
  • Contemporary Dating Patterns
    • Ever since the 1960s, dating patterns have not been as formalized.
    • No set stages of dating.
    • Greater equality and flexibility.
    • Dating is based more on friendship and the group than on the couple.

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problems that arise from contemporary dating patterns
Problems that Arise from Contemporary Dating Patterns
  • Teenage Sexual Behavior
  • Teenage Drug Use
  • Teenage Suicide