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The Gender Differences in Young Adult Mate Selection: Relationship to Evolutionary Psychology, Narcissism, and Culture
Kaufman, Jordan Donald

2012, BA, Kent State University, College of Business Administration / Department of Management and Information Systems.

This thesis is going to target what specific gender differences are found in the young, heterosexual adult population when it comes to mate choice. More narrowly, it will find out what psychological behaviors are found to be attractive and unattractive in an individual. Whether these traits are shaped by culture, evolution, or both is to be examined.


This thesis will include the different possible mechanisms in psychology, such as cognitive, behavioral, and unconscious processes which take place before, during, and after a relationship. The proximity effect and the exposure effect will also be included as well as two mating timelines: short-term and long-term.


The thesis will also pinpoint further associations of attractiveness such as narcissism and the "Nice Guy Paradox." Stockholm syndrome will also be explained to explore the adverse phenomenon of a relationship becoming abusive, and why some people may choose to stay in these abusive relationships. The Attachment Fertility Theory is also an important factor when studying the unfortunate effects of an abusive relationship, and it also will be a large topic of discussion.

Brad Shepherd, Dr. (Advisor)

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