Sex differences in factors of romantic attraction

  title={Sex differences in factors of romantic attraction},
  author={J. Nevid},
  journal={Sex Roles},
  • J. Nevid
  • Published 1984
  • Psychology
  • Sex Roles
Subjects were asked to rate various physical features, demographic characteristics, and personal qualities in terms of their degree of importance in determining choice of romantic partners in both sexual and meaningful or long-term relationships. Consistent with the sex-role stereotype, males placed relatively greater emphasis than females on the physical characteristics of their prospective romantic partners. Females more strongly emphasized the personal qualities of their prospective partners… Expand
Handsome Wants as Handsome Does: Physical Attractiveness and Gender Differences in Revealed Sexual Preferences
Compared to men, women pursue more committed relationships, fewer sexual partners, and delayed sexual intercourse, consistent with those predicted by the double standard of sexuality and evolutionary theory. Expand
Partner Preferences
Abstract The current investigation extends recent studies that have examined the degree to which various traits are preferred in a short-term sexual relationship versus a long-term romanticExpand
Heterosexual romantic preferences: The importance of humor and physical attractiveness for different types of relationships
This study examined the effects of expressions of humor and physical attractiveness on desire for future interaction in various types of heterosexual relationships. Humor was manipulated usingExpand
Men as success objects and women as sex objects: A study of personal advertisements
A study was made of 328 personal advertisements sampled from a major daily Canadian newspaper. It was found that gender differences for desired companion attributes were consistent with traditionalExpand
Age preferences for same- and opposite-sex partners.
  • A. Hayes
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Journal of social psychology
  • 1995
The preferences of homosexual men and women were similar to those of heterosexuals, although more homosexuals stated a preference for a partner younger than themselves. Expand
The Continuing Role of Physical Attractiveness in Marriage.
This study examines the role of physical attractiveness in marriage. It shows that the decreases in physical appearance normally associated with aging affect husbands' responses to their wives moreExpand
Timing of first sexual intercourse in a relationship: Expectations, experiences, and perceptions of others
We investigated 242 college students’ expectations about when sexual intercourse would first occur within different types of relationships. Participants reported their personal expectations,Expand
Body height and romantic attraction: A meta-analytic test of the male-taller norm
Two meta-analyses were conducted to assess whether females desire male romantic partners who are as tall or taller than themselves more so than males desire female romantic partners who are of equalExpand
Judging Physical Attractiveness
The present study attempted to determine what body parts and functions young adults use in judging physical attractiveness and how these body items are related to different dimensions of body esteem.Expand
Liking Some Things (in Some People) more than Others: Partner Preferences in Romantic Relationships and Friendships
The present investigation examined the degree to which various characteristics are desired in five types of relational partners. Men and women (N = 700) indicated their preferences for severalExpand


Relations among physical attractiveness, body attitudes, and self-concept in male and female college students.
Results indicated that males and females rated the importance of the body characteristics for both their own and opposite-sex physical attractiveness in a markedly similar manner. Expand
Sex Differences in Physical Attractiveness Preferences
Summary The present study investigated the validity of stereotyped beliefs about sex differences in preferences for opposite sex coloration. The likes and dislikes of 482 female and 549 maleExpand
Some Female Stereotypes of Male Body Build-Behavior Relations
  • R. Lerner
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Perceptual and motor skills
  • 1969
90 female college students assigned items from a list of 30 phrases, which described various personality traits and social behaviors, to photographs representing an adult male endomorph, mesomorph, and ectomorph to support the hypothesis that a common body build-behavior stereotype exists in a child's socializing environment. Expand
Physical attractiveness in social interaction.
What impact does physical attractiveness have on social interaction? Although many studies demonstrate that beautiful people are more highly regarded, there are no reports about the effects ofExpand
Importance of physical attractiveness in dating behavior.
It was proposed that an individual would most often expect to date, would try to date, and would like a partner of approximately his own social desirability. In brief, we attempted to apply level ofExpand
Dating and Physical Attractiveness: Replication
The findings strongly support the Walscer data, especially the high correlation between attractiveness and desire to date, and supports the notion that it is very rewarding to be with someone who is physically attractive. Expand
The Effect of Self-Esteem on Liking for Dates of Various Social Desirabilities.
Abstract It has often been proposed that individuals come to prefer romantic partners whose social assets approximate their own. Data in this area are inconclusive. Two experiments testing thisExpand
Physical attractiveness and dating choice: A test of the matching hypothesis☆
Previous studies have failed to find support for the hypothesis, derived from Level of Aspiration Theory, that individuals chose to date those whose “social desirability” level is similar to theirExpand
Subgroups among opiate addicts: a typological investigation.
To delineate homogenous subgroups among hospitalized opiate addicts, a multivariate correlational clustering technique was applied to the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory profiles of 1,500Expand