Sexual partner preferences: Evolutionary imperative, emotional attachment or hedonism?

Boyle, Frances, Coxeter, Peter, Dunne, Michael, Najman, Jackob M., & Purdie, David (2006) Sexual partner preferences: Evolutionary imperative, emotional attachment or hedonism? Marriage & Family Review, 40(1), pp. 5-23.

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Data are taken from a representative sample of the Australian population to determine the qualities that are desired in a sexual partner. These qualities are considered in three categories: those reflecting the perceived reproductive value of the partner (evolutionary imperative), the emotional attachment to a partner and the pure pleasure associated with having sex. Subjects completed a telephone-based survey(876 males; 908 females; aged 18-59). The qualities respondents report they most desire in a sexual partner are that the person is someone who cares about them, and whom they love. They also rank highly the criterion that their partner should enjoy sex, and much less highly that they themselves should enjoy the sex. Evolutionary imperatives are ranked fairly low as criteria sought in a sexual partner. Males and females generally expressed similar preferences in a sexual partner, as do persons in different age groups, and persons in different marital status categories. Heterosexual males appear to place a higher emphasis on the physical appearance of a partner when compared with non-heterosexuals.

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ID Code: 22638
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Female, Male, Heterosexual, Population Study, Sexual Partner
DOI: 10.1300/J002v40n01_02
ISSN: 0149-4929
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Epidemiology (111706)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 13:18
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2015 00:05

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