Személyiségvonások a párválasztá sban: homogámia és/vagy szexuális imprinting

Translated title of the contribution: Personality traits in the mate choice: Homogamy and/or sexual imprinting

Petra Gyuris, Tamás Bereczkei, Róbert Járai

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We have made an attempt at demonstrating the effect of sexual imprinting mechanism on human mate choice. In our former studies, we had focused on facial similarities between couples, now we wondered if homogamy is represented in personality characters, as well. Two hundred ninety six participants (49 couples and their parents) filled in the Caprara's BIG FIVE Questionnaire. The couples were also asked to complete the s-EMBU retrospective attachment test (including Emotional warmth, Rejection, Overprotection scales). Significant resemblances were found between the males' wife and mother in Social Desirability and Conscientiousness traits of the BFQ. Our results on the effects of maternal rearing behavior style on their son's mating revealed controversial patterns. Scores on Rejection scale of s-EMBU were associated with Emotional Lability, and Emotional Warmth with Agreeableness trait, which supports our expectation. However, another analysis of maternal rearing has shown that those men who developed an unfavorable attachment with their mother during childhood would be attracted to women who are similar to her in Emotional Lability and Social Desirability traits, which seems to contradict our hypothesis. As for women's mate choice, only one tendency has been revealed for supporting the sexual imprinting hypothesis: those women who had experienced high Emotional Warmth from their father during childhood chose men who resembled their father in Conscientiousness factor of the BFQ.

Translated title of the contributionPersonality traits in the mate choice: Homogamy and/or sexual imprinting
Original languageHungarian
Pages (from-to)117-132
Number of pages16
JournalMagyar Pszichologiai Szemle
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2010

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  • Psychology(all)

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