• A. M. ARIYO Department of Home Science and Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • D. I. OSUNBAYO Department of Home Science and Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • J. T. ENI-OLORUNDA Department of Home Science and Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
  • W.A. O. AFOLABI Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
Keywords: Perception, Dating, Courtship, Marriage, Undergraduates, Relationship


The study examined the perception on dating, courtship and marriage amongst undergraduates in Federal Tertiary Institutions in Ogun State. The study adopted a survey design. The sample size consisted of 445 students using random sampling technique. The instrument for data collection was questionnaire constructed by the researchers. Results indicated that 57.8%  were of the opinion that marriage shouldn’t be an obligation as it is in our society, 77.5% agreed that to be adequately prepared for adulthood, dating must be practiced, the study also revealed that 97.1% agreed that courtship prepares individuals for marriage life. The study further indicated that there was a significant relationship between undergraduates perception on courtship and mother’s educational level with a value of (χ2 = 13.21. P <0.05). The study concluded that dating helps in the development of adolescents but could pose dangers if not properly practiced, courtship is a structured relationship leading to a long lasting union. It is recommended that practices of sexual adventures a as a result of dating calls for family life education as it would equip young people with knowledge on dating.



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