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The impact of gender ideologies on men's and women's desire for a traditional or non-traditional partner

Thomae, Manuela, Houston, Diane M. (2016) The impact of gender ideologies on men's and women's desire for a traditional or non-traditional partner. Personality and Individual Differences, 95 . pp. 152-158. ISSN 0191-8869. (doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.02.026) (KAR id:54618)

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Abstract

Two studies examine preferences for a long-term partner who conforms to traditional or non- traditional gender roles. The studies both demonstrate a link between benevolent sexism and preference for a traditional partner. However, Study 1 also demonstrates a strong preference among women for a non-traditional partner. We measured ambivalent sexist ideologies before introducing participants to either a stereotypically traditional or stereotypically non-traditional character of the opposite sex. In Study 1, women high in benevolence toward men reported a preference for a traditional man when compared to women low in benevolence toward men. We found no such link for hostility toward men. Study 2 showed that men high in benevolent sexism preferred a traditional woman more than men low in benevolent sexism. Again, this was not the case for hostile sexism. The studies provide evidence using both the Ambivalence Toward Men Inventory and the Ambivalent Sexism Inventory and demonstrate a relationship between benevolent ideology and partner choice that adds to a literature on partner preference which has to date been focused on preference dimensions of attractiveness and resources.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.02.026
Uncontrolled keywords: Benevolent sexism; benevolence toward men; partner preferences; relationship satisfaction;
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Sian Epps
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2016 11:53 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:33 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54618 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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