The researcher observed that social stratification has no significant effect in dating but would be a factor to consider when choosing a long relationship partner. The researcher also observed that males were more sensitive to social classes compared to females, while non natives had higher reservations in dating across social classes compared to native respondents.
Social stratification and dating among youths in Australia is a relevant topic that is worthy researching to understanding dating trends. According to Social Australia (2011), the Australian society has much respect for its rich egalitarian policy, though there are different social classes in the society. These classes are the upper class, middle class, and working class. However, despite the existence of the above classes, there lacks symbols that can clearly delineate the class that one belongs to, or a cut line between two consecutive classes. There exist differences in how different members of these classes would respond to various issues. For example, British NATSAL 1990 revealed that majority of men and women across Australia not using any type of contraception were more likely to come from lower classes. There was however no clear cut difference in the classes on how the contraceptives were used (Bancroft, 2009). In addition research has portrayed that there is significant impact of social class end educational level related to teenage pregnancies (Bancroft 2009). Gilbert et al (2006) further notes that while females in Sydney preferred standard forms while choosing relationship partners, men on the other hand favored native partners, especially for African immigrants to preserve their identity through language. Noting these dynamics across Australian teens, there is a need to carry out a detailed research to understand the social stratification trends in teen dating.
Several studies have been carried out regarding social