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Romance and Risk: Romantic Attraction and Health Risks in the Process of Relationship Formation
Unformatted Document Text:  11 What is Risky? What is Attractive? As described earlier, all aspects from the “top 15” attributes and aspects from a random sample of five additional attributes were evaluated in two ways: as representing an attractive feature of a potential romantic partner and as representing a potential health risk to the respondent. Table 3 shows the top and bottom ten aspects in terms of attractiveness and risk for the entire sample. Table 3 Here This sample of young adults are most attracted to someone who is single, between the ages of 18 and 25, and who prefers partners of the opposite sex. They also judge people who are trustworthy, faithful, self-confident, supportive and “happy” with themselves, non-smokers, and those who stay fit as very attractive. Consistent with this, they see people who are married, over 35 (i.e., 36-45 or 46 or older), who prefer partners of the same sex, who are smokers, and who don’t care about fitness as least attractive. They also view people who are pessimistic, unfulfilled, hesitant, and who think that “cleanliness is overrated” as very unattractive. The scoring of what is or is not attractive is consistent across gender and ethnicity: the average ratings of attractiveness of the 159 aspects are correlated .92 for men and women, .88 for African Americans and Whites, .91 for Asians and Whites, and .86 for Asians and African Americans.

Authors: Johnson, Brenda., Fishbein, Martin., Hennessy, Michael. and Yzer, Marcus.
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What is Risky? What is Attractive?
As described earlier, all aspects from the “top 15”
attributes and aspects from a random sample of five additional
attributes were evaluated in two ways: as representing an
attractive feature of a potential romantic partner and as
representing a potential health risk to the respondent. Table 3
shows the top and bottom ten aspects in terms of attractiveness
and risk for the entire sample.
Table 3 Here
This sample of young adults are most attracted to someone who
is single, between the ages of 18 and 25, and who prefers partners
of the opposite sex. They also judge people who are trustworthy,
faithful, self-confident, supportive and “happy” with themselves,
non-smokers, and those who stay fit as very attractive. Consistent
with this, they see people who are married, over 35 (i.e., 36-45
or 46 or older), who prefer partners of the same sex, who are
smokers, and who don’t care about fitness as least attractive.
They also view people who are pessimistic, unfulfilled, hesitant,
and who think that “cleanliness is overrated” as very
unattractive.
The scoring of what is or is not attractive is consistent
across gender and ethnicity: the average ratings of attractiveness
of the 159 aspects are correlated .92 for men and women, .88 for
African Americans and Whites, .91 for Asians and Whites, and .86
for Asians and African Americans.


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