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Parents Like Partners : Why We Choose Partners

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Parents like Partners: Why we choose partners similar to our parents
Final Research Paper
Risham Chaudry
Baruch College

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Methods 2.1 Participants 2.2 Procedure
3. Results and Discussion
4. Conclusion
5. Citations
1. Introduction Mate selection is a process that most living species have to undergo. The desire to procreate can be described as innate and biologically, we are inclined to search for the optimum partner to procreate with. Prior research has shown that humans have a tendency to find partners that resemble their opposite sex parents. This is not a particularly unheard of phenomenon; Freud popularized the controversial Oedipus complex (Electra complex for women), suggesting that
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2. Methods
2.1. Participants Volunteer participants will be recruited over the Internet and asked to answer an online questionnaire. Studies have shown that participants are more likely to be honest about themselves and their lives when answering traditional and web-based questionnaires as opposed to a researcher in person. In order to be eligible for the study, the participants will have to be older than 18, will have to claim to be heterosexual, will need to have been raised by one male and one female co-parent and will need to have a current partner. However, most of the data used to support our hypothesis will be gathered from other literature.
2.2 Procedure Participants will be asked basic questions about themselves (regarding sex, age, ideal sex of partner), their current partners (age, sex, simple questions regarding physical appearance) and their parents (ages, mating preferences etc). They will also be asked questions regarding their relationships with their parents, to determine whether the relationship is positive or negative overall and whether they think their parents are or were happily married. All participants will be presented with a consent form.
3. Results and Discussion Several published journal articles were perused in order to learn about the current data available regarding this topic. The researchers for all articles observed preferences in mate selection and
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