ERIC Number: ED367939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
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Why Do I Like You? Students' Understanding of the Impact of the Factors That Contribute to Liking.
Varnadore, Amy E.; And Others
A study examined the impact of both gender and college experience on judgments of the importance of its factors that determine liking. Seniors and freshmen completed a survey on friend relationships. Participants provided demographic information about a best friend (i.e., where the friend is now, age, and sex), and rated the importance of similarity, proximity, familiarity, warmth, sincerity, competence, and physical attractiveness in the friendship. All subjects perceived sincerity, familiarity, and warmth to be more important than similarity, competence, proximity, and attractiveness. Likewise, similarity, competence, and proximity were all judged of equal importance, while similarity and competence were seen as more important than the friend's attractiveness. Freshmen found familiarity to be more important than did seniors, while seniors ranked competence and attractiveness to be more important to a good relationship than did the freshmen. The results suggest that beliefs about the importance of the factors that contribute to liking differ as a function of age. Still in questions, however, is whether the judgments of the importance of these factors to liking are veridical, and whether a friendship's longevity influences a subject's understanding of importance of the factors that contribute to liking. (Author/RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented through the Committee for Equality in Professional Opportunity at the Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (40th, New Orleans, LA, March 1994). For a related document, see CG 025 344.