ERIC Number: ED102449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
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The Ideal Date: Do People Know What They Want?
Curran, James P.; Johnson, Charles D.
The purpose of these two studies was to explore the relationship between sex role differences and interpersonal attraction in the dating dyad. A computer dating service was established in order to match subjects for a date. The independent measures utilized in these studies consisted of the Motivational Analysis Test (MAT) and the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF). In addition to completing these two tests, subjects were requested to state their preferences for an ideal data on a 10-point bipolar scale. Subjects filled out the dependent measure (The Date Evaluation Scale) immediately after the date. Results from the study indicated that a female's primary motive in the dating situation was mate selection (career, parent), but a male's primary motive was recreation (mating drives, narcism). The author concludes that the two studies partially support the notion that attraction in the dating dyad may be due, in part, to the fulfillment of traditional role expectations. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire