Is women's sociosexual orientation related to their physical attractiveness?

Fisher, C. I., Hahn, A. C. , Debruine, L. M. and Jones, B. C. (2016) Is women's sociosexual orientation related to their physical attractiveness? Personality and Individual Differences, 101, pp. 396-399. (doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.06.022)

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Although many researchers have suggested that more physically attractive women report less restricted sociosexual orientations (i.e., report being more willing to engage in short-term, uncommitted sexual relationships), evidence for this association is equivocal. Consequently, we tested for possible relationships between women's scores on the revised version of the Sociosexual Orientation Inventory (SOI-R) and women's body mass index (N = 212), waist-hip ratio (N = 213), ratings of their facial attractiveness (N = 226), and a composite attractiveness measure derived from these three intercorrelated measures. Our analyses suggest that more attractive women report less restricted sociosexual orientations. Moreover, we show that this link between attractiveness and sociosexual orientation is not simply a consequence of women's scores on the behavior subscale of the SOI-R. Importantly, however, the correlations between measures of women's physical attractiveness and their reported sociosexual orientation were very weak, suggesting that perceptions of these potential cues of women's sociosexual orientation are unlikely to provide accurate, socially relevant information about others during social interactions.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hahn, Dr Amanda and DeBruine, Professor Lisa and Jones, Professor Benedict and Fisher, Dr Claire
Authors: Fisher, C. I., Hahn, A. C., Debruine, L. M., and Jones, B. C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Journal Name:Personality and Individual Differences
ISSN (Online):1873-3549
Published Online:24 June 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Personality and Individual Differences 101: 396-399
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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