Do early caregiving experiences shape what people find attractive in adulthood? Evidence from a study on parental age

Marie E. Heffernan, Robert Christopher Fraley

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Abstract

The purpose of this research was to examine whether early caregiving experiences are associated with adult mate preferences. Participants completed an online survey in which they rated the attractiveness of target faces. Participants born to older parents were more attracted to older faces compared with participants born to younger parents. The results are consistent with the idea that early experiences may play a role in shaping later mate preferences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)364-368
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

Keywords

  • Attachment
  • Close relationships
  • Human development
  • Interpersonal attraction
  • Mate preferences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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