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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Chinese and UK participants' preferences for physical attractiveness and social status in potential mates
Author(s): Zhang, Lingshan
Wang, Hongyi
Lee, Anthony J
DeBruine, Lisa M
Jones, Benedict C
Contact Email: anthony.lee@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: attractiveness
social status
mate preferences
culture
Issue Date: Nov-2019
Citation: Zhang L, Wang H, Lee AJ, DeBruine LM & Jones BC (2019) Chinese and UK participants' preferences for physical attractiveness and social status in potential mates. Royal Society Open Science, 6 (11), Art. No.: 181243. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.181243
Abstract: Men are hypothesized to show stronger preferences for physical attractiveness in potential mates than women are, particularly when assessing the attractiveness of potential mates for short- term relationships. By contrast, women are thought to show stronger preferences for social status in potential mates than men are, particularly when assessing the attractiveness of potential mates for long-term relationships. These mate-preference sex differences are often claimed to be ‘universal’ (i.e. stable across cultures). Consequently, we used an established ‘budget- allocation’ task to investigate Chinese and UK participants’ preferences for physical attractiveness and social status in potential mates. Confirmatory analyses replicated these sex differences in both samples, consistent with the suggestion that they occur in diverse cultures. However, confirmatory analyses also showed that Chinese women had stronger preferences for social status than UK women did, suggesting cultural differences in the magnitude of mate-preference sex differences can also occur.
DOI Link: 10.1098/rsos.181243
Rights: © 2019 The Authors. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited.
Licence URL(s): http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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