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Perceptions of the physical attractiveness of the self, current romantic partners, and former partners

Swami, Viren and Allum, Lucy (2012) Perceptions of the physical attractiveness of the self, current romantic partners, and former partners. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 53 (1). pp. 89-95. ISSN 0036-5564

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9450.2011.00922.x

Abstract

Perceptions of the physical attractiveness of the self, current romantic partners, and former partners. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. This study examined ratings of physical attractiveness of the self and former and current partners. A total of 304 participants completed measures of attractiveness, relationship satisfaction, love dimensions, self-esteem and sociosexual orientation. Consistent with previous work, results showed that participants rated their current partners as more attractive than themselves and their former partners. However, results also showed that former partners were rated as more attractive than the self on a number of bodily characteristics. Finally, results showed that ratings of former partner physical attractiveness were associated with passion for the former partner, self-esteem, sociosexual orientation, and attributions of relationship termination. These results are discussed in relation to the available literature on positive illusions in intimate relationships.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:9914
Deposited On:26 Sep 2011 15:50
Last Modified:05 Jul 2012 12:30

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