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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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VALDEZ MEDINA, José Luis; GONZALEZ-ARRATIA LOPEZ-FUENTES, Norma Ivonne; ARCE VALDEZ, José  and  LOPEZ JIMENEZ, María del Carmen. Real and ideal couple choosing: a study with established couples. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2007, vol.41, n.3, pp. 305-311. ISSN 0034-9690.

The objective was to detect which were the physical, personality and social characteristics taken in care when the actual couple was chosen and which ones would be preferred now if it would be possible to choose another person. It worked with 100 established couples with more than five years of relationship and permanence. It was used the couple's choice questionnaire. It has specific instructions for the real and ideal choice. Results show differences by sex, according to the taken-in care characteristics for the real and ideal selection of the couple. In the real choice, men were oriented by choosing an attractive female in comparison with women who choose a man with formality characteristics. Referred to the ideal choice, both sexes prefer to think about physical aspects. By comparing the real and the ideal choose by sex, in a general form, it founded that both sexes would have the same tendency by choosing a different person but with similar characteristics of their actual couple. In contrast with women, men wouldn't like to repeat the same couple model, because they would choose her with less similar characteristics of their actual couple. Apparently, women are more satisfied with their real election.

Keywords : Couple; Choosing; Real; Ideal; Men; Women.

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