Matching for attractiveness in romantic partners and same-sex friends: A meta-analysis and theoretical critique.

  title={Matching for attractiveness in romantic partners and same-sex friends: A meta-analysis and theoretical critique.},
  author={Alan Feingold},
  journal={Psychological Bulletin},
  • A. Feingold
  • Published 1 September 1988
  • Psychology
  • Psychological Bulletin
Seventeen studies of similarity in physical attractiveness between members of romantic couples or pairs of same-sex friends, employing 34 independent samples of dyads, were retrieved. Meta-analysis found the interpartner correlation for attractiveness to be higher for romantic couples than for pairs of friends. For couples, the correlations were homogeneous across 27 samples, with an average correlation of .39 (.49 after correction for attenuation). For pairs of friends, variations among… 

Tables from this paper

Dissimilarity in physical attractiveness within romantic dyads and mate retention behaviors

The present study investigated the relations among physical attractiveness and inter- and intrasexual mate retention tactics used by individuals in romantic relationships. Seventy-three undergraduate

Ratings of physical attractiveness within young, romantically engaged couples in Malaysia

This study examined the matching hypothesis, the positive illusions effect and the love is blind bias in young, romantically engaged couples in Malaysia. Each member of 58 young, romantically engaged

Meeting Your Match: How Attractiveness Similarity Affects Approach Behavior in Mixed-Sex Dyads

As expected, men displayed more relational investment behavior if their own physical attractiveness was similar to that of the confederate, and sex differences in attraction-related interpersonal behaviors were found.

Attractiveness and Rivalry in Women’s Same-Sex Friendships

The human tendency to affiliate with similar others is manifested in a variety of interpersonal relationships, including same-sex friendships. We propose that similarity between female friends in

Matching in Sexual Experience for Married, Cohabitating, and Dating Couples

Results indicated that, with the exception of cohabitating couples, romantic partners showed a significant level of matching in the prior number of intercourse partners and a higher discrepancy between men's and women's number of previous intercourse partners was related to lower levels of love, satisfaction, and commitment in the relationship.

Consistency and Inconsistency Among Romantic Partners Over Time

Assessing how people’s actual romantic partners vary on constructs commonly assessed in evolutionary psychology, sociology, and close relationships advances understanding of this issue by assessing the extent to which the past and present partners of a focal person cluster on various measures.

Heterosexual Romantic Couples Mate Assortatively for Facial Symmetry, But Not Masculinity

The authors conclude that humans may mate assortatively on facial symmetry, but this remains just one of the many physical and nonphysical traits to which people likely attend when forming romantic partnerships.

Number of friends and self-perception among Jamaican children: the role of attractiveness and fluctuating asymmetry.

The results showed that how attractive a child was perceived by others was significantly positively correlated with self-ratings of attractiveness, and a reversal in the sex differences in self-perceived attractiveness and self-esteem was found.

Body Weight and Matching With a Physically Attractive Romantic Partner

Matching and attribute trade are two perspectives used to explain mate selection. We investigated patterns of matching and trade, focusing on obesity, using Add Health Romantic Pair data (N ¼ 1,405



External Validity of Matching on Physical Attractiveness for Same and Opposite Sex Couples1

The external validity of the hypothesis that couples come to be matched on physical attractiveness was examined for same and opposite sex pairs of college students in a wide range of natural settings

The Matching Hypothesis: Physical Attractiveness among Same-Sexed Friends

Twenty-four male pairs and 24 female pairs of close friends were individually photographed and were independently and reliably rated on physical attractiveness by two judges. Actual friends were

Physical attractiveness, romantic love, and equity restoration in dating relationships.

The results suggest that as the dating relationship progresses, the relative difference in attractiveness between partners may become a more important determinant of attraction than overall level of attractiveness.

Testing Equity as an Explanation for Romantic Couples “Mismatched” on Physical Attractiveness

According to the “equity theory” of interpersonal attraction, persons having romantic partners higher in physical attractiveness than themselves should have more desirable nonphysical attributes than

Forming Relationships and the Matching Hypothesis

Couples' similarity in physical attractiveness was hypothesized to be related to the formation of dating relationships. Subjects were 67 couples who were members of a dating service. Behavioral steps

Physical Attractiveness and Public Intimacy of Married Couples: An Observational Study.

Observational data were collected in a field setting on 558 married couples. It was found that physically attractive couples were more likely than unattractive couples to show public intimacy, i.e.,

Physical Attractiveness and Selection of Marriage Partners

Physical attractiveness is becoming a psychological variable of increasing interest. A number of studies have shown it to be related to general attraction and to desirability as a spouse (Byrne, et

Physical attractiveness and marriage adjustment in older American couples.

The results provided partial support for the first hypothesis, but only for photo ratings, and the second hypothesis received fairly strong support relative to husbands' marital adjustment and partial support in relation to wives' marital satisfaction.

Physical Attactiveness and Romantic Evolvement

Berscheid and Walster (1974) have concluded that dating preferences are determined by perceptions of physical anractiveness and that such perceptions are influenced by acquaintanceship with the