Does financial security influence judgements of female physical attractiveness?

Swami, Viren and Tovee, Martin J. and Furnham, Adrian (2008) Does financial security influence judgements of female physical attractiveness? Journal of Socio-Economics, 37 (4). pp. 1363-1370. ISSN 1053-5357

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socec.2007.03.006

Abstract

To account for male preferences for female body weight following a consistent socio-economic pattern [Nelson, L.D., Morrison, E.L. (2005). The symptoms of resource scarcity: judgements of food and finances influence preferences for potential partners. Psychological Science 16, 167–173] proposed a social-cognitive model based on the individual experience of resource scarcity. We replicated their studies showing that financial dissatisfaction can influence preference for female body weight using a different dependent variable, namely photographic stimuli of women with known body weight and shape. Using this revised methodology, we found that operationalised intra-individual resource scarcity does not affect preferences for body weight: 25 financially dissatisfied males showed no difference in body weight preferences from 22 financially satisfied males. These findings contradict those of Nelson and Morrison (2005) and possible reasons for this are discussed in conclusion.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 06 May 2009 09:42
Last Modified: 06 May 2009 09:42
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/6774

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