Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An evolutionary perspective of relationship satisfaction for gay and lesbian couples
by Dillon, Lisa Marie, M.A., Wayne State University, 2009, 67; 1470028
Abstract (Summary)

There is an abundance of literature examining how our evolutionary past has shaped mate selection and relationship satisfaction of heterosexuals, but the same degree of attention has not been afforded to gays and lesbians. To extend the breadth of evolutionary psychology, the current study examined how evolutionary principles of relationship satisfaction apply to gay and lesbian couples who have been living together for at least six months. Hypotheses on mate qualities and relationship satisfaction were tested. Essentially, it was proposed there were two ways of predicting mate selection in gays and lesbians. One was that gays and lesbians would desire what their heterosexual counterparts desired. The other was that mate selection would resemble that of opposite-sex heterosexuals. The results indicated that aspects of homogamy and physical attractiveness impact relationship satisfaction for both gays and lesbians. For lesbians, the perception of financial problems was significantly linked to reduced relationship satisfaction. Within-group differences were thought to correspond with prenatal hormone exposure, but there were no significant findings in this area.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Weisfeld, Glenn E.
School: Wayne State University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Michigan
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, GLBT Studies, Developmental psychology
Keywords: Evolution, Gay, Homosexual, Lesbian, Mate selection, Relationships
Publication Number: 1470028
ISBN: 978-1-109-46227-2
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