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ERIC Number: EJ872264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
What College Women Want in a Marriage Partner
O'Reilly, Sarah; Knox, David; Zusman, Marty
College Student Journal, v43 n2 p503-506 Jun 2009
One-hundred-and-ninety seven undergraduates at a large southeastern university completed a confidential anonymous 22-item questionnaire designed to assess the qualities college women want in their prospective marital partners. The data revealed that women (when compared to what men want in a partner) were significantly more likely to prefer men who were "considerate," "dependable," and "intelligent." Women are moving away from viewing potential partners exclusively in instrumental terms of ability to provide money for them, as well as subsequent children, and toward viewing men in terms of more "expressive" qualities such as consideration, dependability, and intelligence. Implications and limitations of the data are suggested.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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