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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 3480
Professor
Noreen Stuckless
Semester
Winter

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Feb 24 Lecture Lifestyles­ ch 8 Intimate relationships ­ “sexual relationship” ­ types of lifestyle? ­ go through a number of them during lifetime ­ right now we are in a “single” lifestyle ­ single ­> married/long time relationship/divorced/widow/same sex ­ 4 lifestyles: ­ single ­ married/long time relationship ­ divorced ­ widow Partner selection 1) partner selection­ past research ­ reserach studies include psychological factors Research on partner selection ­ men and women generally are interested in different aspects of relationships ­ study by Deaux & Hanna (1984) ­ 800 ads ­ coded for present/absent words ­ attractiveness ­ sexuality ­ physical characteristics ­ financial security ­ sincerity ­ personality traits/hobbies ­ occupation/demographics/photo ­ marriage/ permanent relationship? Results? ­ men, in general, were concerned with objective and physical characteristics ­ women, in general, were interested in psychological aspects of a potential relationship ­ heterosexual women­ financial security occupational info ­ lesbian women….. A more recent study ­ study in 1996 by Erich Goode ­ placed four fictive ads in magazines and newspapers ­ beautiful waitress ­ successful, average looking female lawyer ­ handsome cab driver ­ successful, average looking make lawyer ­ LOOKING AT BOX SCORE­ how many men answered, how many women answered Results ­ the ad describing the beautiful waitress was 3x more often wanted ­ the ad describing the successful average looking male lawyer was answered 4x times  more often Further studies? ­ studies of ads in Canada and the US ­ men described their financial status ­ women more likely to ask for financial status ­ both men and women ­ the ideal partner should be warm, romantic, sensitive and have a good sense of  humour ­ BOTH MEN AND WOMEN ­ what is overall msg from the studies using personal ads? ­ what is a possible problem with using this research to make decisions about gendered  preferences for partners? Dating partner/long­term relationship partner ­ do people look for the same characteristics in dating partners and in long­term  relationship partners? ­ what characteristics would be imp for dating partner? ­ what characteristics would be imp for long­term? ­ do you think that there are gender diff here as well? Long­term relationships ­ common law ­ legal marriage (1 year, no limit if u have a child) ­ what are the ­ similarities ­ love each other ­ differences ­ divorce is a legal contract just like marriage ­ why legally marry? ­ easier ­ adoption ­ religion ­ ect. Same sex/lesbian­ Relationships/marriages ­ marriage now legal in Canada ­ divorce now an option Single­hood ­ perception ­ no one wants the person ­ they are not wanted ­ cant have children, or doesn’t want ­ independent ­ a psychologically stable as married Why? ­ by choice ­ other stuff that are imp.
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