Intergenerational Differences in Mate Selection Preferences

Author: Syeda Sadia Waris

Supervisor: Ms. Shahnila Tariq

Degree: MSc

Year: 2011-2013

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research was conducted to find out the intergenerational differences in mate selection preferences. It was hypothesized that there were differences between parents and children (sons and daughters) in mate selection preferences. It was also hypothesized that there were gender differences in mate selection preferences. The sample consisted of 200 participants including 50 fathers, 50 mothers, 50 sons and 50 daughters. A self constructed scale was used to collect data. The scale had 59 items. The reliability (cronbach’s alpha) of the scale was 0.93. MANOVA, ANOVA and independent sample t-test was used to analyze the data. The results revealed that there were significant differences in the preferences of parents and sons but there were no differences between parents and daughters in mate selection preferences. Gender differences were also present in mate selection preferences. Many western researches have consistent results with the present research. The research would be a base for further research and it would be used as preventive measure for the marital distress and conflicts in marriage.

Keywords: Intergenerational Differences, Mate Selection, Preferences.

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