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Latter-day Saint Courtship Patterns

Edited by Mary Jane Woodger; Thomas B. Holman and Kristi A. Young

For years, many have observed the notion that there are a number of distinctive differences in the mate-selection process of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and other North Americans. Because of the strongly held values espoused by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in regard to marriage within the larger picture of American cultural patterns, there are many Mormon sub-cultural differences. Unique LDS culture patterns have been found to be an expression of a young adult LDS Church member's paradigms of life's meanings. This book combines cutting edge scholarly research with items of popular interest analyzing and summarizing data and research already collected. Making commitments is vital to LDS life and affects the mate-selection process. Parental attitudes, values, and interpretations of accepted codes within the Church have developed into traditions that constitute a complex Mormon lore. Therefore, the book's approach is a detailed, comprehensive report of the author's research that uniquely incorporates folklore data.

This volume defines the formation of heterosexual relationships culminating in marriage of LDS couples from 1960 to 2005, and compares this pattern to that of other cultural courtships. The study will assist future researchers in their analysis of the family, and have a direct influence on further exploration of what constitutes successful LDS families.
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University Press of America
Pages: 242Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7618-3854-8 • Paperback • August 2007 • $45.99 • (£31.95)
Mary Jane Woodger is Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University. Her current research interests include twentieth century Church history, Latter-day Saint women's history, and Church education.

Thomas B. Holman is Professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University and the Chairman of the RELATE Institute, a consortium of scholars doing research on and designing interventions around the issues of mate selection and marital quality.

Kristi A. Young has been the curator of the William A. Wilson Folklore Archives in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University since 1995. She has a M.A. in English with an emphasis in folklore from Brigham Young University.
Part 1 List of Figures
Part 2 List of Tables
Part 3 Preface
Chapter 4 Understanding the Theological, Historical and Cultural Context
Chapter 5 Hanging Out or Hooking Up: The Culture of Courtship at BYU
Chapter 6 Courtship Statistics for BYU Students
Chapter 7 Seeking Mutual Influence: The Experience of LDS Females During Heterosexual Romantic Relationships Development
Chapter 8 Managing Desires: Dating Styles of Latter-Day Saint Male Returned Missionaries
Chapter 9 Seeking, Sending, and Receiving Interest Cues: A Qualitative Study of Premarital Heterosexual Romantic Relationship Initiation
Chapter 10 Acceptance and the Change of Heart in Family Relationships
Chapter 11 Now That I've Kissed the Ground You Walk On: A Look at Gender in Creative Date Invitations
Chapter 12 Latter-day Saint Experiences of Spiritual Confirmation in Mate Selection
Chapter 13 Preparing for Marriage: An LDS Look at Mormon Trousseaus
Chapter 14 The Bride's the One in the White Swimsuit: A Look at Liminality in Mormon Wedding Receptions
Part 15 Appendix
Part 16 Index
Part 17 About the Contributors