Examining First Date Goals Across Different Types of Date Initiation
Author ORCID Identifier
Mary Lynn Henningsen:https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9816-0018
Marriage and Family Review
Individual goals for first dates are examined in the context of requesting the first date, accepting a first date request, going on a blind date, and going on a group date in a sample of 211 college students. Results indicate that first dates are more likely to be group dates than blind dates or requested dates and those individuals on blind dates and group dates are less likely to endorse goals of having sex or investigating romantic potential than those who request or accept the first date. Results are considered using error management theory, cognitive valence theory, and stage models of relationships. The differences that emerge across the type of date initiation indicate the type of date initiation and are important in addressing courtship.
Dating relationships, evolutionary theory, mate selection, relationships, stage models, turning points
Henningsen, David D. and Henningsen, Mary Lynn, "Examining First Date Goals Across Different Types of Date Initiation" (2020). NIU Bibliography. 240.
Department of Communication