ERIC Number: ED272953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Height as a Basis for Interpersonal Attraction.
Hensley, Wayne E.
Based on the observation that taller males seem to have an advantage in date/mate selection, a study investigated the role that height plays in the choice of a partner. Subjects, 594 student volunteers from communication classes at a large Mid-Atlantic university, completed a questionnaire designed to assess such factors as respondent sex, present relationship status, and height preference for an ideal partner. Results indicated that while people may prefer an ideal partnership in which the male is two or three inches taller than the female, they frequently compromise with relationships in which the height differences are less or greater than two or three inches. However, people still tend to prefer that the male be taller than the female. Height did not appear to be a significant advantage or disadvantage for women, but it did appear that being taller is a social advantage for men. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (77th, Atlantic City, NJ, April 30-May 3, 1986).