ERIC Number: EJ736480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Toward an Understanding of Gender Differences in Inferring Sexual Interest
Levesque, Maurice J.; Nave, Christopher S.; Lowe, Charles A.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v30 n2 p150-158 Jun 2006
Research has shown that, after brief opposite-gender interactions, men perceive women more sexually than women perceive men (e.g., Abbey, 1982). This study examined interpersonal perceptions following dyadic cross-gender interactions between unacquainted individuals. Of particular concern were perceptions of sexual traits, interaction qualities, and physical attractiveness. The influence of being gender schematic on sexual judgments was examined. The results provide further support for Abbey's finding that men oversexualize women following brief interactions but failed to support the hypothesized gender schema effects. Additional analyses suggest the presence of another gender difference in judging attraction. Women who rated their partners as physically attractive also attributed more positive qualities to their partner and the interaction. By contrast, men's ratings of women revealed more limited associations with perceived physical attractiveness. Results are discussed in terms of gender differences in judging sexual attraction, the correlates of physical attractiveness, and continuing efforts to explain oversexualization.
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Interpersonal Attraction, Interaction, Sexuality, Correlation, Influences
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