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An examination of the love-is-blind bias among gay men and lesbians

Swami, Viren (2009) An examination of the love-is-blind bias among gay men and lesbians. Body Image, 6 (2). pp. 149-151. ISSN 1740-1445

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2008.11.002

Abstract

The present study examined evidence of the ‘love-is-blind bias’ (a tendency to perceive romantic partners as more attractive than the self) among gay men and lesbians. In total, 93 gay men and 140 lesbians provided self- and partner-ratings of physical attractiveness for a range of body components. Results of a series of t-tests showed that both gay men and lesbians rated their partners as significantly more attractive than themselves on all but one item, respectively. Effect sizes for these differences were moderate to large. Further analyses showed that lesbians provided higher self- and partner-ratings than gay men on some items, although effect sizes for these differences were small. Overall, these results provide evidence for the existence of a robust positive illusion in self–partner perceptions.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:5994
Deposited On:16 Feb 2009 10:25
Last Modified:04 Nov 2009 15:08

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