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Ratings of physical attractiveness within young, romantically engaged couples in Malaysia

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posted on 01.01.2015, 00:00 authored by A Y T Tan, David MellorDavid Mellor, N H Bt Mamat
This study examined the matching hypothesis, the positive illusions effect and the love is blind bias in young, romantically engaged couples in Malaysia. Each member of 58 young, romantically engaged heterosexual couples completed the Body Esteem Scale and items assessing physical attractiveness in relation to themselves and their partner. In support of the matching hypothesis, partners' perceptions of their own and their partner's facial and bodily attractiveness were significantly correlated. The positive illusions effect and the love is blind bias were also evident, with participants' ratings of partners being greater than both their own self-ratings and their partner's self-ratings of physical attractiveness. Although our findings suggest that these phenomena related to perceptions of physical attractiveness are evident across cultures, further studies are required.

History

Journal

Asian journal of social psychology

Volume

18

Issue

2

Pagination

170 - 175

Publisher

Wiley

Location

Weinheim, Germany

ISSN

1367-2223

eISSN

1467-839X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, Wiley