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Title: Age, puberty and attractiveness judgments in adolescents
Authors: Saxton, Tamsin K.
Kohoutova, Dagmar
Roberts, S. Craig
Jones, Benedict C.
DeBruine, Lisa M.
Havlicek, Jan
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences
Keywords: Pubertal development
Face
Voice
Mate choice
Physical attractiveness
Masculinity
Symmetry
Averageness
Issue Date: Dec-2010
Publisher: Elsevier
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: This is the author's final version of this article. Published version (c)Elsevier, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2010.07.016
Citation: Saxton, T.K., et al. 2010. Age, puberty and attractiveness judgments in adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences. 49(8): pp.857-862. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2010.07.016
Abstract: Previous work has suggested that judgments of the attractiveness of some facial and vocal features change during adolescence. Here, over 70 Czech adolescents aged 12–14 made forced-choice attractiveness judgments on adolescent faces manipulated in symmetry, averageness and femininity, and on adolescent opposite-sex voices manipulated in fundamental frequency (perceived as pitch), and completed questionnaires on pubertal development. Consistent with typical adult judgments, adolescents selected the symmetric, average and feminine male and female faces as more attractive significantly more often than the asymmetric, non-average and masculine faces respectively. Moreover, preferences for symmetric faces were positively associated with adolescents’ age and stage of pubertal development. Unexpectedly, voice pitch did not significantly influence adolescents’ attractiveness judgments. Collectively, these findings present new evidence using refined methodology that adolescent development is related to variation in attractiveness judgments.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/816
ISSN: 0191-8869
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