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Dating people from different cultures

When not dancing, teens gather at local clubs to eat and talk. In Finland, as many as 30 teens may attend a movie together. Couples often go to dinner parties, barbecues, or the beach. When of age, most boys and girls date in large groups, going out together to weekend dance parties.

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Dating is rare in Afghanistan because most marriages are arranged by parents, and schools are separate for boys and girls. In Spain teens join a , a club or a group of friends with the same interests, like cycling or hiking.In the Stimulus stage, couples are attracted to each other.In the Values stage, couples analyze each other’s values and beliefs, including cultural and religious traditions, to determine whether they are similar to or different from their own.They may have to get to know each other in the company of older people, or even wait for their marriage to be arranged by their family.Negotiations might be complicated by dowry arrangements between families, and religious ceremonies.When those adjustments include negotiating culture or religion, it adds another dimension to the process of trying to strengthen the relationship.

In America today, more people are marrying someone from a different religion or racial/ethnic group.

We don’t encourage this of course, we’re just saying that it happens.

The problem with stereotyping people is that we don’t fully get to know each other as individuals. Maybe you’ve heard of stereotypes like these: Asians, Greeks, Whites, Lebanese, Aborigines, Arabs, Sudanese…

(and so on) Stereotypes can also apply to other groups of people, like a school or a suburb, eg “Girls from this school are ….” Do you have any stereotypes?

Do they affect the way you act towards certain people?

In the final Roles stage, couples determine how various roles (e.g., childrearing, division of household chores, breadwinner, etc.) will be carried out in the relationship and whether or not the fulfillment of these roles can produce an enduring relationship.