Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Jeni Burnette


The present study aimed to merge research on initial attraction and implicit theories of relationships by examining how beliefs about relationships influence dating strategies. Research has examined role of implicit theories in the functioning of existing relationships but there is much room for growth in the area of initial attraction and dating strategies. Results revealed that destiny theory (theory that relationships are either meant to be or not) predicted increased likelihood of internet dating, a lower frequency of dating, and dating to avoid loneliness and missing opportunities. Growth theory (theory that relationships improve by cultivation and development) predicted dating to develop safety and security. Growth and destiny beliefs predicted increased similarity preference and dating for true love.

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