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Day 9 - Introduction to Sociology Day 9 A Selection on Mate...

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Introduction to Sociology – Day 9 A Selection on Mate Selection How do we select potential mates? Do men and women value the same things in a mate? Why are we talking about this in sociology? Previous Studies: Reuben Hill o “Campus Values in Mate Selection” (1945) Sample & Method o The following six characteristics were all indispensable: Dependable character; emotional stability and maturity; pleasing disposition; mutual attraction; good health; desire for home life and children Men and Women Differed on: Age of desired Mate o Men: -2.3 years o Women: +3.4 years Good financial prospects Favorable social status Good looks Good cook / housekeeper “Sex differences in Human Mate Preferences: Evolutionary Hypotheses Tested in 37 Countries” David Buss (1989) Sex Differences in: o Good Financial Prospect o Ambition o Good Looks Evolutionary Psychology (EP) Darwinian evolutionary theory—psychology
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