Volume 3 - 2000

Women’s Mate Preferences as Affected by Mate Attractiveness and Provider Qualities

Timothea Cornock & Lori Mancini

To examine mate selection preferences, 106 female college students completed a survey packet containing one of two scenarios paired with one of four stimulus pictures of men. The stimuli pictures represented young adult males fitting one of two attractiveness levels (attractive and unattractive). Along with each stimulus, one of two descriptions of the models’ personality characteristics as also presented (ambitious and easy-going). Results showed that the mate depicted as easy-going and attractive was most favorably rated, followed by the driven and attractive mate. The least favorably rated was the unattractive and driven-mate. Although initially the women expressed a mix of non-traditional marriage and career goals, this did not impact women’s criteria for mate selection.

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