Does financial security influence judgements of female physical attractiveness?

Swami, V. and Tovee, M. J. and Furnham, A. (2008) Does financial security influence judgements of female physical attractiveness? Journal of Socio-Economics, 37 (4). pp. 1363-1370. ISSN 1053-5357

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Abstract

To account for male preferences for female body weight following a consistent socio-economic pattern Nelson, L.D., Morrison, E.L. (2005). The symptoms of resource scarcity: judgements of food and finances influence preferences for potential partners. Psychological Science 16, 167-173 proposed a social-cognitive model based on the individual experience of resource scarcity. We replicated their studies showing that financial dissatisfaction can influence preference for female body weight using a different dependent variable, namely photographic stimuli of women with known body weight and shape. Using this revised methodology, we found that operationalised intra-individual resource scarcity does not affect preferences for body weight: 25 financially dissatisfied males showed no difference in body weight preferences from 22 financially satisfied males. These findings contradict those of Nelson and Morrison (2005) and possible reasons for this are discussed in conclusion.

Keywords:Physical attractiveness, Socio-economic status, Body weight, Body shape, Financial satisfaction
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C841 Health Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:24431
Deposited On:06 Jul 2017 09:13

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