Gender differences regarding the idealized sex partner

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dc.contributor.advisor Wiederman, Michael W. en_US McGuirl, Kerry E. en_US 2011-06-03T19:38:20Z 2011-06-03T19:38:20Z 1998 en_US 1998
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1998 .M37 en_US
dc.description.abstract College student men (n = 185) and women (n = 244) rated how desirable certain characteristics are in an ideal sex partner within a long-term relationship. They reported personal beliefs and predictions about the other gender's preferences. Of the twenty-six items that comprised each measure, factor analyses yielded five subscales: Communication/Openness, Physical Attractiveness, Knowledge/Skill, Take Control, and Response/Drive. As hypothesized, men placed greater emphasis than did women on Physical Attractiveness and Response/Drive, whereas women, more than men, believed Knowledge/Skill was important. Men and women differed completely on what they thought was important to each other. Furthermore, men recognized that there were gender differences on all subscales but Knowledge/Skill, whereas women recognized gender differences on all subscales. When the actual responses of men and women were compared with the beliefs that each had about the other, results showed that both genders underestimated the importance the other placed on Communication/Openness and overestimated that of Physical Attractiveness. Results are discussed with regard to implications for counselors.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Psychological Science
dc.format.extent iii, 39 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sex differences -- Psychological aspects. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mate selection -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh College students -- Attitudes. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Interpersonal attraction -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sex (Psychology) en_US
dc.title Gender differences regarding the idealized sex partner en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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