The purpose of this study is to analyze the effect of communication between university students and their parents concerning relationships and marriage on their future view of marriage. The subjects were 189 university students (82 males and 107 females), and 12 were from single-parent households.
Male students showed stronger traditional marriage views than female students. Both male and female students emphasized that the “personality” of their future mate was important, as was “value alignment” between themselves and that person. Only male students valued the “appearance” of their future partner, while female students valued other features such as their partner’s “jobs”, “educational background”, “economic power”, “having experienced living alone”, “compatibility with her parents”, and “her compatibility with her partner’s family”. There is a qualitative difference between male and female students in communication with the opposite-sex parent and a quantitative difference in communication with the same-sex parent. Male students equate themselves with their fathers, and the marriage view of the fathers had an effect on students’ views of marriage. Regarding the relationship between the university students and their parents on their view of marriage, male students’ marriage perspectives are directly influenced by communication with both their fathers and mothers, while female students’ views of marriage are not only affected by the communication itself but by the relationship between the parents.