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Some factors affecting the frequency and status of university students' "dating" behavior MacDonald, Neil William

Abstract

The object of this study was to investigate the relationship of various factors affecting the frequency and status of "dating" behavior. The techniques used were (a) a Subjective Survey, to obtain item possibilities for the Questionnaire and to define terms; (b) a specially constructed Questionnaire, to explore the relationship between a wide variety of personal characteristics of young people and their frequency and status of dating; (c) the Guilford-Zimmerman Temperament Survey and a separate section requiring each subject to report his "dating" behavior, to explore relationships between 10 personality traits and the frequency and status of dating. The findings may be divided into three sections. The Subjective Survey defined the terms "date" and "go steady" and established popular conceptions of the infrequent, frequent and "go steady" types of "dater". The Questionnaire findings found 46 separate items to be significantly related to frequency of dating. Briefly summarized the items could be classified under the following headings: (a) physical factors; (b) clothes; (c) automobiles; (d) active and passive activities (athletics, dancing, listening to jazz); (e) moral factors (smoking, drinking) and (f) previous "dating" experience. The Guilford-Zimmerman Temperament Survey and the special section on "dating" behavior found three traits, A-Ascendance, F-Friendliness, S-Sociability, significantly related to the frequency of dating in females; and two traits, G-General Activity and S-Sociability, significantly related to the frequency of dating in males. The writer's Theory of Normal-Neurotic Sexual Choice was formulated in an attempt to explain some unexplored areas in the field.

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