The role of personality characteristics in mate selection criteria

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Ph.D. student in health psychology, Kharazmi University, Tehran

2 Associate professor of clinical psychology, Family Research Institute of Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran

3 Assistant professor of educational psychology, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran

4 Assistant professor of health psychology, Family Research Institute of Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran


Introduction: Given the importance of invetigating mate selection as the cornerstone of family forming and the importance of the criteria of this selection on subsequent success or failure in Married life, the present study aims invetigating the relationship between personality characteristicswith mate selection criteria.
 Materials and Methods: The kind of present study is analytic-cross sectional. Statistical population consists of all students of Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran that were enrolled in second semester of the academic year of 2011-12. Among this population, 375 persons (168 mal and 207 female) were selected through available sampling and were assessed employing NEO Personality Questionnaire and Buss’ questionnaire of mate selection criteria. The data of research was analyzed by SPSS software 16 and using Spearman and Pearson correlation and multiple regression analysis.
 Results: There was a significant relationship between some of personality characteristics including of extraversion (P<0.01), openness to experience (P<0.01), and conscientious (P<0.01) with mate selection factors and these characteristics had significant effect in predicting of mate selection factors.    
 Conclusion: Although the personality characteristics have important role in predicting of mate selection criteria, but seen that power of prediction when can be more that the person truly want to be married and he seriously engaged in the process of mate selection.


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