Goals for cross-sex first dates: Identification, measurement, and the influence of contextual factors

Paul Mongeau, Mary Claire Morr Serewicz, Lona Ficara Therrien

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Three studies identify goals that college students have for cross-sex first dates, develop a scale to measure them, and determine how contextual factors influence reports of these goals. In study 1, college students identified goals for their most recent first dates. Study 2 developed a scale measuring have fun, reduce uncertainty, identify romantic potential, friendship, and sexual activity goals. In study 3 contextual factors (sex of initiator, alcohol availability, and partner knowledge) systematically influenced first date goals. Men and women differed in first date goals in all three studies. These goals highlight the importance of first dates as important relational events, and include multiple types of uncertainty reduction, in early relational stages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-147
Number of pages27
JournalCommunication Monographs
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004



  • First Dates
  • Goals
  • Measurement
  • Romantic Relationship Transitions
  • Social Dating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics

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