The need for this study stemmed from the fact that a large number of Middle Eastern students are coming to the United States of America to seek higher education. This has created a social problem for both the Middle Eastern students and their American counterparts because of the great differences between their cultures in the practice of dating and mating.
The objectives of the study were to examine the opinions of a sample of Middle Eastern students in the United States in regards to dating and mating practices. The sample size was one hundred students.
A literature search of the materials that are relevant to the subject showed a scarcity of scientific approach on the subject.
The analyses of the findings indicated that the Middle Eastern students selected dating partners by significantly different criteria than those by which they selected their mating partners. Furthermore, it was noted that the independent variables of sex, age, marital status, time in the United States, type of resident visa, country of origin, and religious affiliation greatly affected the preferences of the respondents in regards to selected personal characteristics for a dating or a marital partner.
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Middle Eastern students -- United States; Dating (Social customs); Culture conflict
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Bejjani, Gabriel, "Dating and Mating : Attitudes of Middle Eastern Students in the United States" (1984). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1374.
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