Food for Thought: The Role of Food in Romantic Relationships

Cook, Breana (2016) Food for Thought: The Role of Food in Romantic Relationships. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Carrie V. Smith from Psychology, The University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

Food is a necessary component of our lives as we need it to live. However, food can be seen as a relatively important, unconscious or not, factor in interpersonal relationships. We investigated the role of food and cooking in modern, romantic relationships through surveying 68 individuals from a junior college in the southern region of the United States. We predicted that there was a connection between food and dating and relationships and concluded this by exploring the social stigmas surrounding food, the gendered perceptions of these stigmas, and perception of food in a certain context to assess the meaning of food in the context of relationships. Our study revealed that food is romantically charged in the sense of what time food is present, meal types and, simply, the act of cooking. There are gender differences surround food respectively for women. While men remain indifferent, women perceived certain stigmas differently and act accordingly. Overall, this study provides an exploratory assessment of the social context of food. Keywords: food, cooking, romantic relationships

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Cook, Breana
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. Psychology
Thesis Advisor: Carrie V. Smith
Thesis Advisor's Department: Psychology
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Breana BC Cook
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2016 18:03
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2016 18:03
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/637

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