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Kristin Stegall Eng 101-121 K. Wine March 17, 2008 Final Draft Social science is a tricky subject to study because the “experiment-based scientific method did not universally replace philosophers’ methods of inquiry in the social sciences (Kirscht & Schlenz, 2002, p. 113).” This paper will analyze and respond to the theoretical paradigm and methodology of a social science article. The article is “Attitudes on Dating, Courtship, and Marriage: Perspectives on In-Group Versus Out-Group Relationships by Religious Minority and Majority Adolescents” written by Carol Markstrom-Adams and first published in Family Relations in January of 1991. The theory of Markstrom-Adams’ article has two parts, the first of which is that Mormons, or minority groups in general, would be more objective to interfaith dating than non-Mormons, the majority groups in general. The second part of her theory is that mate selection, as a function of dating, would be important to both religious groups. I believe that Mormons will be reluctant to date outside of their religion and I believe that religion is an important factor in dating so this paper will respond to the theory that religious youths like to date within their religious group and that marriage is an important factor in dating. It will first provide a summary of the article and all of its major points and identify and define the theoretical paradigm. This paper will also analyze the research methods that were used in the article according to Kirscht and Schlenz’s descriptions of the issues of method debate and it will respond to the theoretical paradigm using personal experience (p. 116). To begin the summary of the article, the sample of participants must be discussed. The sample in this study was forty-seven non-Mormon high school students who are part of the
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religious minority and thirty-six Mormon high school students. These students lived in the same area where the Mormon religion is dominant. This specific topic has never been addressed in previous research and it is exploratory in nature; allowing the study of behaviors and bringing about questions for further study. The research in this study is qualitative and used in depth interviewing as the primary method of data collection. The students in this study were used as informants for perspective on their attitudes pertaining to the subject of study. These students were chosen by religious leaders and supplied to the researcher. Interviewers met the students at their home and talked with them for almost two hours in a private room. Both groups of students were asked the same question in context with which religious group that they belonged. The two questions they were asked were “Do you feel any barriers to dating Mormons/non-Mormons?” and “Do you advise dating between Mormons and non-Mormons?” To analyze the results of this study, the answers given by the participants were grouped together to see how many participants gave common answers, which is called a cross-case
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