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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Openness to Experience, Agreeableness, and gay male intimate partner preference across racial lines
by Boileau, Sean N., Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2008, 59; 3319519
Abstract (Summary)

This study investigated the interactions between the two personality factors derived from the Big Five model of personality known as "Openness to Experience" and "Agreeableness", with gay male intimate partner preference for theoretical romantic partners from each of the four major racial groups represented in the United States of America; Asian, Black, Latino, and White. Participants completed items from the International Personality Item Pool (IPIP), and were then presented one randomly chosen vignette in which the potential intimate partner was described in exactly the same terms as the other possible vignettes, with the exception of one word within the paragraph overtly stating their race. They then responded to their impressions of this person by answering items presented on a semantic differential, providing data on how favorably or unfavorably they considered their potential intimate romantic partner. Contrary to expectations, Agreeableness was not found to be associated with racial preference in gay male partner selection, and Openness to Experience was only shown to have a significant F-test, though the Ryan test did not show any significant difference between any specific pair. This result contradicts the hypothesis that Agreeableness would be generalizable to partner preference and selection within the context of this study, and it suggests the need for further study on the relationship between Openness to Experience and willingness to consider an interracial coupling.

Indexing (document details)
School: Arizona State University
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 69/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Personality psychology, Gender studies, LGBTQ studies
Keywords: Agreeableness, Gay, Gay male, Intimate partner, LGBT, Openness to experience, Partner preference, Race
Publication Number: 3319519
ISBN: 978-0-549-69794-7
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