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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?: How Undergraduate Students Navigate Contemporary Dating Scripts

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dc.contributor.advisor Best, Amy L.
dc.contributor.author Pierce, Lara Zain
dc.creator Pierce, Lara Zain
dc.date 2011-04-28
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-24T20:11:59Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en_US
dc.date.available 2011-05-24T20:11:59Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-24
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/6339
dc.description.abstract Today, when sexual and romantic possibilities are infinite, there seems to be a marked change in dating scripts from the past. This may be explained by the fact that dating has become indefinable – it can mean a series of literal dates or the period of time before an intimate relationship is acknowledged as “official.” The process of developing relationships is changing. This research uses themes that emerged from qualitative interviews with 19 students to help understand contemporary dating scripts. It analyzes how sex fits into the process of relationship formation, the pathway to forming relationships, the public nature of relationships (referencing how social networks such as Facebook alter dating scripts) and how college students focus to the future in terms of their intimate relationships. This research identifies patterns and underlines what factors move two people to the point of an “official” relationship. Through my qualitative research, I have developed broad conclusions on the mechanics of relationship formation, as well as the behaviors and attitudes around it, as shown through the experiences of college-aged men and women. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject dating relationships en_US
dc.subject college relationships en_US
dc.subject emotional intimacy en_US
dc.subject hooking up en_US
dc.subject sexual intimacy en_US
dc.subject slut en_US
dc.title Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?: How Undergraduate Students Navigate Contemporary Dating Scripts en_US
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.name Master's in Sociology en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Sociology en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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