Pakistani American young adults' ideal marital relationships : do bollywood films influence their attitudes?

Abstract

Pakistani Americans grow up dealing with two very different cultures. The Pakistani culture is more traditional and is dealt with inside the home while the American culture is more modern and is dealt with outside the home. So, when making a life-altering decision such as what kind of partner to marry, what factors do Pakistani Americans rely on to pick their mates? Are they more traditional or are they modem? And do the drastic love-based themes of Bollywood movies have any influence on this decision?

Surveys were conducted with 31 students from the University of Central Florida's Muslim Students' Association to find the amount of influence from factors such as enculturation, acculturation, parents and friends~ Bollywood movies, and ethnic identity. Results showed a slight gender difference in that woman seemed a bit more influenced than men by Bollywood films. The results also suggested that the more students showed influence by parents, the more they showed interest in love-based relationships and the viewing of Bollywood films.

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Thesis Completion

2009

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Congdon, Kristin G.

Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College

College of Sciences

Degree Program

Psychology

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences;Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic

Format

Print

Identifier

DP0022399

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Document Type

Honors in the Major Thesis

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