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ERIC Number: ED247494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Physical Attractiveness Stereotypes about Marriage: Attractiveness Matching Is Good.
Sussman, Steve; And Others
Previous research on physical attractiveness stereotypes about marriage have used stimulus individuals in isolation. To examine these attractiveness stereotypes using couples as targets, 72 college students (36 females, 36 males) rated eight photographs of four male-female couple types. Members of each couple were either matched (attractive male/female, unattractive male/female) or different (unattractive male/attractive female, attractive male/unattractive female). Judgments were obtained on the couples' likelihood of marital success, compatibility, parental competence, and sexual involvement. An analysis of the results showed that couples matched in attractiveness were seen as being more likely to be successful, compatible, and parentally competent than unmatched couples. The attractiveness of individual couple members had no such effect on these items. Relatively attractive male and female couple members were also perceived as being more sexually active than unattractive individuals. These results tend to support a "matching is good" marital stereotype, which implies that perceptions of others' social happiness and success are not determined solely by ascribed physical attributes, that others are seen as achieving a more desirable status if they are seen as conforming to the matching stereotype. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A