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Title: Romantic ideals, mate preferences, and anticipation of future difficulties in marital life: a comparative study of young adults in India and America
Authors: Bejanyan, K
Marshall, TC
Ferenczi, N
Keywords: Collectivism;Gender role ideology;Romantic beliefs;Mate selection;Marital difficulties
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Frontiers
Citation: Frontiers in Psychology, 5: 1355, 2014
Abstract: Previous studies have established that Indians tend to be greater in collectivism and gender role traditionalism than Americans. The purpose of the present study was to examine whether these differences explained further cultural differences in romantic beliefs, traditional mate preferences, and anticipation of future difficulties in marital life. Results revealed that Indians reported greater collectivism than Americans and, in turn, held stronger romantic beliefs. Additionally, Indians’ greater collectivism and endorsement of more traditional gender roles in part predicted their preferences for a marital partner possessing traditional characteristics, and fully accounted for their heightened concerns about encountering future difficulties in marital life. These results shed light on the processes underlying cultural differences in relationship attitudes and preferences, and point to culture-specific therapies to enhance marital functioning.
Description: This article has been made available through open access by the Brunel Open Access Publishing Fund.
ISSN: 1664-1078
Appears in Collections:Brunel OA Publishing Fund
Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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