Dating research topics


08-Feb-2020 18:24

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There have indeed been some important changes, says Sara Vasilenko, a postdoctoral fellow in Penn State’s Prevention Research Center and Methodology Center.

“One of the biggest differences between young people today compared to earlier generations,” she notes, “is that they are getting married at later ages.” A recent Pew study shows that marriage is at a record low in the United States and the median age at first marriage has never been higher for both genders.

“So although dating and romantic relationships are important for adolescents and young adults today, some of the expectations around dating and functions of dating may differ when most people get married in their mid- to late-twenties compared to their late teens and early twenties as they did in the past.” Delaying marriage has many implications, including on the sex lives of young singles.

Vasilenko, who received her doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State, has conducted research on attitudes about sex and dating among college students, and co-authored a related paper with her graduate advisor, Eva Lefkowitz and colleague Jennifer Maggs.

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