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Sex Roles

, Volume 28, Issue 9–10, pp 499–509 | Cite as

Young singles' contemporary dating scripts

  • Suzanna Rose
  • Irene Hanson Frieze
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Abstract

Single women's and men's scripts for a hypothetical and actual first date were investigated for a sample of 135 predominately white undergraduates. Strong scripts were found for both. Hypothetical scripts contained 19 actions for women and men; actual dates consisted of 20 actions for women and 15 for men. Hypothetical scripts constituted a core action sequence that were embellished upon in actual dates. Gender-typed actions were evidenced as strongly for actual dates as hypothetical ones. A proactive male role and a reactive female role were reflected in script content as well as quantitative measures. Actual dates also were characterized by numerous interruptions of the hypothesized sequence.

Keywords

Social Psychology Quantitative Measure Actual Date Action Sequence Single Woman 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Suzanna Rose
    • 1
  • Irene Hanson Frieze
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Missouri—St. LouisSt. Louis
  2. 2.University of PittsburghUSA

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