“In this particular sample, longer periods of dating seemed to be associated with subsequent marital happiness,” the paper’s authors conclude.
They hypothesize: “In mate selection, with longer periods of acquaintance, individuals are able to screen out incompatible partners”, though this study obviously has its limitations—we can’t go drawing universal principles from a group of middle-aged heterosexual Kansas wives in the 1980s.
Before long she was making films with the top stars of the day, including Gary Cooper, Carole Lombard, Lionel Barrymore, Joel Mc Crea and many others.
There was something magical about Shirley Temple that cheered the soul of America during the Depression.
Temple’s life was exceptional in many ways—and enjoying a long and happy marriage after a brief courtship is one of them.Shirley Temple made her name as a child star in the 1930s.Famous as an actress, she also became a diplomat and was a United States Ambassador.In 2006, psychologist Scott Randall Hansen interviewed 952 people in California who had been married for at least three years.Like the Kansas researchers, he also discovered a positive correlation between length of “courtship”—defined as the amount of time between the couple’s first date and the decision to get married—and reported marital satisfaction.Aged 22 to 52, most of them had gotten married in their 20s.The length of their courtship—including dating as well as engagement—ranged from a couple weeks to eight years; the average courtship period lasted 21 months, with six of them spent engaged.Hansen found that divorce rates were highest for couples that had spent less than six months dating, though he reminds us not to conflate correlation with causation; rushing into marriage might be a sign of impulsiveness or impatience—personality traits that could also lead couples to give up on each other.For her 2010 Master’s thesis, Pacific University psychologist Emily Alder recruited 60 adults who’d been married for at least six months.She was the number one movie star of the nation for four consecutive years, from 1935 through 1938.In Child Star Shirley Temple Black reveals the whole story, the ups and downs of life as a Hollywood prodigy--including numerous kidnap threats and even a murder attempt against her.