Intimacy&Relationships

Intimacy&Relationships - December 4, 2007 Attraction and...

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December 4, 2007 Attraction and Intimate Relationships Theories Explaining Sexual Attraction o Evolution and Attraction o Social Role Theory Intimate Relationships o Who is Happy? o Who is Stable? Buss’s “37 Cultures” Study Based on evolutionary arguments, Buss predicted: o MEN value: youth, beauty, homemaking skills, chastity o WOMEN value: wealth, intelligence, status, age Men and women differed on some aspects but mostly valued the same things II. Social Role Theory : The Bio-Social Model Central Tenets: o We seek mates who fulfill our socially defined roles Ex: caretaker vs. breadwinner o Initial differences in physical characteristics division of labor/roles The Facts of (Hunter-Gatherer) Life: Who hunts, who gathers? Intensive time cost of childrearing and breastfeeding Male superior upper body strength An obvious solution: split labor/roles The Social Role Theory Model Biological Necessity Division of Labor o Gender-Role Expectation
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PSY 221 taught by Professor Hugenberg during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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Intimacy&Relationships - December 4, 2007 Attraction and...

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