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Title:Destination marriage? The diagnostic role of rituals in dating relationships
Author(s):Maniotes, Christopher R.
Advisor(s):Ogolsky, Brian G; Hardesty, Jennifer L
Department / Program:Human Dvlpmt & Family Studies
Discipline:Human Dvlpmt & Family Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.S.
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):commitment
dating
marriage
rituals
uncertainty
information gathering
Abstract:The decision to marry is complex, often with seemingly innocuous events impacting a partner’s marriage eligibility. Engaging in rituals is one area where couples have the opportunity to see their partners in a new light as well as assess commitment. Although rituals have impactful roles in married couples, there is a dearth of research when it comes to ritual activity in dating couples. Data from a random sample of dating couples was used to explore how rituals act as facilitators or barriers to commitment to wed. Results showed that celebration and tradition rituals played a contextual role in magnifying the importance of three normative relationship features, that of family interactions, relationship awareness, and conflict management. Experiencing these relationship features during a ritual time highlighted the uncertainty inherent in determining marriage eligibility with a current partner and enhanced the information gathering process.
Issue Date:2019-07-17
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/105705
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Christopher Maniotes
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-11-26
Date Deposited:2019-08


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