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Evaluating self and partner physical attractiveness

Swami, Viren and Furnham, Adrian and Georgiades, Chrissa and Pang, Lily (2007) Evaluating self and partner physical attractiveness. Body Image, 4 (1). pp. 97-101. ISSN 1740-1445

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2006.10.003


This study used a novel questionnaire to examine ratings of self and partner physical attractiveness. Seventy-two men and 83 women estimated their own and their opposite-sex partner's overall physical attractiveness and the attractiveness of various body parts and measures. They also answered six simple questions concerning physical attractiveness. Results showed significant gender differences in self-estimates of overall facial attractiveness and upper body features. In general, and regardless of gender, participants rated their opposite-sex partners as being significantly more attractive than themselves. In addition, the results showed that body weight and facial attractiveness were the best predictors of overall physical attractiveness. Implications of these results in terms of social biases are considered.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:4496
Deposited On:30 Oct 2007
Last Modified:05 Nov 2009 12:21

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