Age, puberty and attractiveness judgments in adolescents

Saxton, Tamsin, Kohoutova, Dagmar, Roberts, S. Craig, Jones, Benedict, de Bruine, Lisa and Havlíček, Jan (2010) Age, puberty and attractiveness judgments in adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences, 49 (8). pp. 857-862. ISSN 0191-8869

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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 attractivenessjudgments 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’ attractivenessjudgments. Collectively, these findings present new evidence using refined methodology that adolescent development is related to variation in attractivenessjudgments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pubertal development, face, voice, mate choice, physical attractiveness, masculinity, symmetry, averageness
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2012 13:50
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 08:27
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/9082

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