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ERIC Number: EJ1079150
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-930X
Are First Impressions of Unknown Children and Early Adolescents Affected by the Facial Attractiveness of Their Best Friend?
Zarbatany, Lynne; Marshall, Kiera G.
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, v61 n4 Article 2 p468-485 Oct 2015
This study assessed the effects of a best friend's facial attractiveness on first impressions of medium-attractive children and early adolescents. Younger (N = 114, 48 boys and 66 girls, M[subscript age] = 8.16 years) and older (N = 168, 83 boys and 85 girls, M[subscript age] = 12.32 years) participants rated photos of unknown medium-attractive younger (6-9 years) and older (10-16 years) boys and girls (the targets) who were paired with an attractive or unattractive same-gender best friend. First-impression scores were consolidated ratings of targets on six characteristics reflecting social and academic competence (has a lot of friends, fun to be with, popular, good leader, kind to others, smart in school). First impressions of older but not younger targets were more positive when targets were paired with an attractive than with an unattractive friend. Further research is needed to determine whether having an attractive friend represents a social advantage primarily after puberty.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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