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dc.contributor.advisorNelson, Bardin
dc.creatorSpreadbury, Constance Lizotte
dc.description.abstractThe primary objective of this dissertation was to determine which of three theories of dating preferences affords the best explanation and understanding of dating behavior as practiced currently on college campuses. More specifically, the research tested Waller's materialistic-competitive theory (1937) which posits that women are dated because of such characteristics as looks, dress, and popularity with men; Blood's personality theory (1955) which maintains that women are dated because they exhibit such characteristics as consideration and cheerfulness; and finally, Reiss's social class theory (1971) which asserts that social class influences not only one's looks and personality, but also one's dating behavior. Three hundred twenty-five casually dating women attending Stephen F. Austin State University in the fall of 1972 were sent questionnaires. Three statistical techniques were used in analyzing the data, contingency tables, correlation and regression coefficients. All three techniques indicated that Waller's materialistic-competitive theory was the best predictor of college women's dating behavior.en
dc.format.extent115 leavesen
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en
dc.subject.classification1975 Dissertation S768
dc.titleA test of three theories of dating preferenceen
dc.typeThesisen A&M Universityen of Philosophyen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBarker, Donald
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDavis, Dan
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSkrabanek, Robert
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen
dc.publisher.digitalTexas A&M University. Libraries

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