Abbi Halkola

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department or School

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

Committee Member

Robert Orrange, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Paul Leighton, Ph.D.


This sociological research study was designed to explore the attitudes of women in their late twenties and thirties about marriage and how geography (physical and sociological) impacts decisions. This research looks at women in a politically and religiously conservative area in the central Midwest. The research is meant to be exploratory in nature in order to grasp an understanding of how not only educational and career aspirations affect attitudes toward marriage but also at how leisure activities and the sexual revolution play a major role in the desire to delay marriage. Interviews were conducted to expose women’s attitudes, opinions, choices, and reasoning behind delaying marriage. This study attempts to broadly give perspective to choices being made about life and marriage that may be reflected in society as a whole. Overall results reveal geography, education, leisure desires, sexual freedom, history, and familial ties all played roles in delayed marriage.

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