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Dating attitudes and expectations among young Chinese adults: an examination of gender differences

Authors
  • Blair, Sampson Lee1
  • Madigan, Timothy J.2
  • 1 The State University of New York, Department of Sociology, 430 Park Hall, Buffalo, NY, 14260-4140, USA , Buffalo (United States)
  • 2 Mansfield University, Department of Sociology, 200 Pinecrest Manor, Mansfield, PA, 16933, USA , Mansfield (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of Chinese Sociology
Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication Date
Jun 24, 2016
Volume
3
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s40711-016-0034-1
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

While researchers have long examined the dating and mate selection patterns among young adults, the vast majority have utilized Western samples. In order to further our understanding of the changing nature of dating behaviors and attitudes, this study examines a sample of young Chinese adults and focuses upon the gender differences therein. Using a foundation of social exchange theory, the analyses illustrate the differences between the dating attitudes and expectations of Chinese women and men. Per traditional expectations, both sexes place a low priority on sexual behaviors, yet more progressive attitudes and behaviors are also evident. Women, in particular, appear to be more focused on pragmatic qualities in prospective partners. The influence of individualist values and the changing cultural norms pertaining to dating and familial roles are discussed.

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