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Settling down without settling: Perceived changes in partner preferences in response to COVID-19 concern

Alexopoulos, Cassandra and Timmermans, Elisabeth and Sharabi, Liesel L and Roaché, David J and Croft, Alyssa and Dorrance Hall, Elizabeth and James-Hawkins, Laurie and Lamarche, Veronica and Uhlich, Maximiliane (2021) 'Settling down without settling: Perceived changes in partner preferences in response to COVID-19 concern.' Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. ISSN 0265-4075 (In Press)

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Abstract

The goal of this study was to explore the positive association between concern related to COVID-19 and single individuals’ perceived changes to their partner preferences. In addition, we investigated the mediating role of fear of being single. Results indicated that people with greater COVID-19 concern perceived an increase in the importance of stability, family commitment, and physical/social attractiveness, as well as fear of being single. Fear of being single only negatively predicted the importance of physical/social attractiveness, whereas it positively predicted the importance of stability and family commitment. Thus, in most cases, people with a greater concern for COVID-19 perceived themselves to become more selective, even when they exhibit higher levels of fear of being single.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2021 11:48
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2021 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30179

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