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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


This study was undertaken to examine whether a relationship existed between biblical teachings, religiosity, professional status, age and faith and mate selection among adult Pentecostal church attendees. A secondary finding of the study was the exploration of whether Pentecostals belief in their relationship with God and the Holy Spirit affected the kind of mate they chose as measured by the 5-point desirability scale. A modified version of the Gough's Marital Preference Questionnaire was made available through the World Wide Web, including a link that solicited participation in the study. The researcher also made the survey available on a social interest website and by solicitations through electronic mail. A total of forty-seven persons responded, of which five declined to participate in the study. Forty-seven persons volunteered for the study that included thirteen males and thirty-four females. The findings of this study showed that "faith" was a significant variable and that females ranked faith higher than males although both groups identified this variable as "desirable" or at least "somewhat desirable". There was no significant difference in professional status, age, biblical teachings and mate selection among the adult Pentecostals in this study.


Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2008. iii, 63 p. : col. ill. Includes bibliographical references (p. 42-49)