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The Effects of Weight on Perceived Compatibility within Couples. By: Margaret Coggin, April Schweinhart, and Adam Fauver. Real Life. King of Queens The Simpsons Family Guy The Drew Carey Show Roseanne Why?. Introduction. Matching hypothesis Radiating beauty-Sigall and Landy (1973)

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the effects of weight on perceived compatibility within couples

The Effects of Weight on Perceived Compatibility within Couples

By: Margaret Coggin, April Schweinhart, and Adam Fauver

real life
Real Life
  • King of Queens
  • The Simpsons
  • Family Guy
  • The Drew Carey Show
  • Roseanne
  • Why?
introduction
Introduction
  • Matching hypothesis
  • Radiating beauty-Sigall and Landy (1973)
  • Perceptions of Similar and Dissimilar Individuals-Bar-Tal and Saxe (1976)
hypothesis
Hypothesis
  • People will perceive couples consisting of average males and overweight females as less compatible than any other type of couple.
demographics
Demographics
  • 26 participants
  • 14 Female
  • 12 Male
  • 23 Caucasian
  • 2 African American
  • 1 East Asian
  • 18-22 years of age (average=19)
procedure
Procedure
  • 16 Couples- 4 types (AMAF, AMOF, OMOF, OMAF)
  • 3 questions-likelihood of attraction, dating, and relationship
  • 2 PowerPoints
slide7

Mean Compatibility Scores

Interaction, F(1, 25) = 13.25, p < .001

discussion
Discussion
  • Main effect for gender of participants was not significant
  • Supports previous research-matching hypothesis, overweight females
implications
Implications
  • Perceptions of individuals are influenced by the people they are romantically involved with
  • Overweight women are viewed more negatively than overweight men-different standards
  • Overweight women have a harder time in social and dating situations than average women and all types of men.
limitations and future research
Limitations and Future Research
  • Non-representative sample
    • Ethnicity
    • Age
    • Size
  • Participant influence on each other
  • Participant weight (BMI)
  • Participant romantic involvement