Facial attraction: an exploratory study of the judgements made by people with intellectual disabilities

Donnachie, M., Jones, B. and Jahoda, A. (2021) Facial attraction: an exploratory study of the judgements made by people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 65(5), pp. 452-463. (doi: 10.1111/jir.12823) (PMID:33615602)

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Background: Although romantic or sexual attraction is a major research topic in the general population, little is known about people with intellectual disabilities' (ID) views of attractiveness. Methods: Fifty‐eight participants (16–40 years) took part in this exploratory study, 29 with ID and 29 without ID. Participants were shown 50 images of men or women's faces and asked to rate how attractive they thought the faces were. Results: A strong association was found between what men and women with ID and those without ID considered attractive in romantic partners. However, people with ID were more likely to consider themselves desirable to others. Conclusions: The findings suggest that people with mild ID make the same subtle judgements about facial attraction as other individuals.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Donnachie, Madeline and Jahoda, Professor Andrew and Jones, Professor Benedict
Authors: Donnachie, M., Jones, B., and Jahoda, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
ISSN (Online):1365-2788
Published Online:21 February 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 65(5): 452-463
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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