Author: Nida Chaudhry
Supervisor: Naumana Amjad, PhD
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present research was conducted to examine the desirable characteristics of ideal spouse, the traits of people who select their spouse, and the individual`s observation about ideal spouse for them as indicated by their parents. It was hypothesized that there were likely to be differences between ideal spouse, self, and individual`s observation about ideal spouse for them according to their parents. Furthermore there were likely to be gender differences in spouse selection. The sample consisted of 100 participants including girls and boys. Mate Selection Scale (Waris & Tariq, 2013) was used to assess the link between ideal spouse and the traits of participants who select them. Another self-constructed scale was used to assess the opinion about the marriage of young adults. Paired sample t-test, and independent sample t-test was used to analyze the data. The paired sample t-test results revealed that there are significant differences between self traits, ideal spouse traits and the individual`s observation about ideal spouse traits for them as indicated by their parents. Gender differences were also present in mate selection. Many western researches have consistent results with the present research. The research would be based on further research and it would be used as preventive measures for the marital distress and conflicts in marriage.
Keywords: Personal and Parental Considerations, Spouse Selection.
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