TITLE

DO ROMANIAN HETEROSEXUAL MEN DIFFER FROM THE HOMOSEXUAL MEN IN EXPRESSING THEIR MATE PREFERENCES? -- A PRELIMINARY EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION OF THE ONLINE PERSONAL ADVERTISEMENTS

AUTHOR(S)
BartoĊŸ, Sebastian E.; Rusu, Alina S.
PUB. DATE
September 2010
SOURCE
Journal of Cognitive & Behavioral Psychotherapies;Sep2010, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p199
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The aim of this study is to investigate whether the mate-choice preferences predicted by the most common theories of the evolution of heterosexual (i.e., the Theory of Parental Investment; Trivers, 1972) and homosexual mating behavior (i.e., the Alliance Formation Hypothesis; Muscarella, 2000) are present in a sample of Romanian men. According to these hypotheses, heterosexual men should prefer younger partners, as they have a higher reproductive value, while homosexual men are expected to prefer older partners, as they seek social allies, and older men can offer more resources. These hypotheses were tested on a sample of same-age Romanian men, by performing a content analysis of online personal advertisements (N=53 homosexual men, mean age = 29.25 years, SD=8.45, and N = 59 heterosexual men, mean age = 31.10 years, SD=8.72). The results were mostly consistent with the above-mentioned theories. Romanian heterosexual men sought female partners who were significantly younger than themselves, and physically attractive. Romanian homosexual men preferred male partners who were significantly older than themselves, but they did not emphasize socio-emotional attributes more than the attributes related to physical attractiveness. Theoretical and practical implications of the results are discussed. Further studies are needed that rely on large representative samples.
ACCESSION #
60820820

 

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