The purpose of the study was to evaluate attractiveness self esteem and perceptions of physical attractiveness according to participant gender. Surveys measuring global and attractiveness self esteem were administered to 60 male and 60 female undergraduate participants. Each survey contained one of four blind-date scenarios measuring perceptions of physical attractiveness, with a male or female scenario character and an attractive or unattractive blind date. Analyses revealed that men had higher global and attractiveness self esteem than women, and also showed a moderate positive correlation between global and attractiveness self esteem scores. Results supported that both men and women reported a more positive blind date experience with an attractive date than an unattractive date.
Jones, Courtney M.; Ross, Amanda L.; and Franzen, Avalon P.
"Gender Differences: Global Self Esteem, Attractiveness Self Esteem and Perceptions of Physical Attraction,"
FSU Journal of Behavioral Sciences: Vol. 15
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.framingham.edu/journal_of_behavioral_sciences/vol15/iss1/4