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ERIC Number: ED412436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 104
Abstractor: N/A
Adolescent Date Selection.
Dale, Julia A.
Counselors, ministers, parents, and educators, need to know about adolescent date selection because it is normal for adolescents to seek assistance and affirmation from adults. An overview of the literature revealed that some of the factors influencing adolescent date selection were the developmental stage the adolescent is in, the expectations formed in the family of origin, and the pressure exhibited by peers. The study sample consisted of 801 high school students (402 males, 399 females). The independent variables that were investigated included gender, age, ethnicity, relationship status, and family structure, whereas dependent variables were taken from the subscales from the Date Selection Inventory, and included personality, physical attributes, and prestige. The results appear to support 14 generalizations. Several of these include: Asian/Pacific high school students give more importance to Physical attributes than Hispanic and students of Other nationalities; gender and age should be interpreted concurrently for Personality; and gender, age, and relationship status should be interpreted concurrently for Prestige. These results could assist counselors working with youth who are beginning to explore dating, as well as with late adolescents who are becoming more couple focused. These results could also assist teachers in gaining insight into student behavior and classroom disruptions. Counselors, teachers, and others who are aware of what adolescents are looking for in dating behaviors may be able to assist them in finding appropriate ways of seeking the attention they crave. (RJM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Master's Thesis, Fort Hays State University.