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Romantic Popularity and Mate Preferences: A Peer-Nomination Study.

Authors
  • Speed, Ann1
  • Gangestad, Steven W2
  • 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. , (Mexico)
  • 2 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, [email protected] , (Mexico)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Personality & social psychology bulletin
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1997
Volume
23
Issue
9
Pages
928–936
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0146167297239002
PMID: 29506449
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In their quest to understand romantic relationships, researchers have extensively examined mate preferences. Self-report methods have been most commonly employed. In this study, the authors used a methodology not employed in other studies to date. First, they used peer reports of dating popularity to assess the extent to which individuals of varying qualities are romantically pursued by opposite-sex individuals. Second, the authors obtained peer nominations of a variety of qualities that self-report studies of mate preferences indicate may be important. Results revealed that romantically popular men are physically attractive, outgoing, and seen as trendsetters. Romantically popular women were also viewed as physically attractive and as trendsetters. In contrast to the self-report literature, men who were seen as having most potential for financial success were not particularly popular. Results are discussed with respect to the self-reported preferences literature.

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