Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Tara G. McManus
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Number of Pages
Dating to find a lifelong partner is a priority for many young adults, as the process exists on a socially constructed timeline (Baxter & Braithwaite, 2002). Although, like many other experiences in the public sphere, single women are adversely constrained by societal expectations in regard to their sexuality and use of agency (Dunn & Vik, 2014). This study explores women’s dating behaviors in cooperation with societal messages that are navigated as a necessary step in finding a romantic partner. With the framework of Relational Dialectics, the study examines how participants learn the rules of dating, in what ways dating behavior is impacted by the recognition (implicit or explicit) of the dialectical tensions present in dating discourses, and how women navigate these tensions through the potential found in the expansion of their narrative. By examining women’s accounts of how they navigate dominant dating discourses, the research study illuminates what tensions women experience when dating and how they resist those discursive tensions to create a more equitable and safe dating process for women.
Dating behaviors; Agency; Societal messages; Relational Dialectics; Rules of dating
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Wolfe, Brooke, "Disrupting the Traditional Dating Discourse: Expanding the Romantic Relationship Narrative" (2020). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3974.
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