As shown here, the most commonly cited activity for the total sample is attending social activities together Family ties, friendship and subjective well-being among Black Americans. Intimate relationships, marriage, and family. To assess social class, we rely on two indicators. White Women Black Men vs. Table 1 displays basic descriptive statistics for the independent variables and the controls See appendix 1 for the distribution of the social class and religiosity variables by race. We view our study as an extension of research on the culture of courtship among college students and include among those rituals, sexual intimacy.
We find that traditional gender roles pattern the activities one anticipates in connection with greater dating commitment.
Conventions of Courtship: Gender and Race Differences in the Significance of Dating Rituals
A list of classes being offered during that semester was compiled and ten classes across disciplines and colleges were randomly selected from the list for each institution. Most opposite sex relations occurred in large mixed-age settings. We estimate three models for each of the dating rituals to determine the differences in the odds of mentioning the specific ritual are significant. In certain eras, premarital intercourse was condoned only if the couple was engaged. The only significant gender differences among Whites exist with respect to gifting: After signing an informed consent form, respondents were given a self-report questionnaire during the class session and were spaced far enough apart to maximize chances of complete privacy. This study reveals important gender and race differences in beliefs about the significance of various dating rituals, thus reemphasizing the importance of considering the idioculture of different groups Sandstrom et al.