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This study investigated the matching hypothesis of interpersonal attraction to determine its role in choice of marriage partner.
A class of 39 Level I Aberdeen University psychology students aged between 18-25 years, was used to conduct a correlational study using photographs of 20 brides and 20 grooms.
It was found that the more similar the level of physical attractiveness, the more likely couples were to begin dating and continue dating later on.
Similarity in the level of attractiveness between partners also seems to be associated with progress in a relationship.
Folkes (1982) analysed the behavioral steps taken to form relationships with 67 couples of a dating service.
Walster et al (1966) used four judges to rate the attractiveness of 752 student participants.
The class was divided into two groups and asked to rank the physical attractiveness of each bride and groom on a scale of 1-20, with 1 being most attractive and 20 being least attractive.
A class median rank was obtained for each bride and groom, from which a statistically significant positive correlation was found between the level of attractiveness for the bride and groom couples.