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Challenge & Change ISU
Transcript of Challenge & Change ISU
Research I found on the topic of adolescent relationships was not too current (most research I found was a decade or more years ago,) however they can still be applied to the research I was doing.
An article from the Journal of Adolescence interviewed forty young adult couples about their relationship now as well a relationship they had when they were between fifteen and sixteen. This research talked about traits and characteristics they had in their adolescent relationships.
I chose to hand out surveys at Rideau Centre
I handed out a total of fifty surveys however only forty one were recorded
I then recorded the results from the forty one surveys that were correctly filled out in google spreadsheets
My hypothesis was completely off from the results.
I assumed that they would rate look over personality and fun/sexual attraction over honesty/loyalty.
The results proved me wrong showing me the opposite of what I hypothesized.
I noticed that most of the people who answered my surveys identified as female and I would have rathered to have a more equal number of males and females completing the survey.
My hypothesis was wrong
Adolescent Relationships Survey
Do you identify as male, female, or other?
a) Male b) Female c) Other
Do your parents have an influence on who you date?
a) Yes b) No c) Somewhat
Do your friends influence who you choose/want to date?
a) Yes b) No c) Somewhat
Do you believe in love at first sight?
a) Yes b) No
What do you find more important in a relationship, love or lust? (lust: defn- strong sexual desire)
a) Love b) Lust
What’s more important to you, looks or personality?
a) Looks b) Personality
Do you tend to choose or look for a partner that’s more similar (religion, culture, status/popularity) or different than you?
a) Similar b) Different
How many romantic relationships have you had in your life so far?
d) 11 or more
What value in this list do you find most important in a relationship? (circle one)
c) Sexual Attraction
For my ISU, I chose to study adolescent relationships to gain more insight into why adolescents choose a specific partner. I wanted to figure out how much of a part “looks” play in choosing a partner (halo effect.) My hypothesis based on secondary sources of people who have studied the subject as well, was that when choosing a partner in romantic relationships, adolescents tend to focus more on superficial factors.
Why do you think adolescents are viewed as more superficial/vain when it comes to choosing someone to be in a relationship with?
(Looks over personality)
I found another article also from the Journal of Adolescence (however it is from a different volume and issue), that talks about partner selection in adolescent relationships, as well as character strengths in adolescent relationships. Surprisingly they found that honesty, humor, and love were the most preferred character strengths in an ideal partner.
This research is about adolescents (from early adolescence to late adolescence) views on dating. In addition it is about factors that influence partner selection in adolescent relationships. Their findings indicated that early and middle adolescents reasons for dating stemmed from an "egocentric and immediate gratification orientation."
One of the most important questions I asked in my survey was “what value in this list do you find most important in a relationship?” Majority of the adolescents surveyed chose loyalty and the least chosen was sexual attraction.
Probably the most important question I asked in my survey was “what do you find more important in a relationship, love or lust?” An overwhelming amount of people chose love.