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A Survey of Dating and Marriage at BYU
February 13, 2017
Article of the Week
A Survey of Dating and Marriage at BYU
Author Bruce A. Chadwick, Author Brent L. Top, Author Richard J. McClendon, Author Lauren Smith, Author Mindy Judd,

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Bruce A. Chadwick, Brent L. Top, Richard J. McClendon, Lauren Smith, and Mindy Judd that was published in issue 46:3. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

A startling description of hooking up and the demise of dating on American campuses motivated us to conduct a study among BYU students to ascertain whether these trends have in any way invaded this campus as well. BYU students make a commitment upon enrollment to "live a chaste and virtuous life," specifically "reserving sexual intimacy for marriage."

In winter semester 2002, we conducted a mail survey of a random sample of BYU students selected from the student directory. Our survey was designed to find out BYU students' goals and attitudes about marriage and dating: how important marriage is to them, how confident they are that they will find a mate, and how they go about the process of getting to know people of the opposite sex. We also asked what type of physical intimacy students thought appropriate for hanging-out and dating relationships and what intimate activity they had participated in.