Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Stephen R. Schacke, Emmett Burkeen, Carl Martray

Degree Program

Department of Counseling and Student Affairs

Degree Type

Educational Specialist


Two groups of males were utilized to examine the causal effect of facial characteristics and attitudes upon initial interpersonal attraction. The two groups were given a booklet in which photographs and attitude statements were paired in various combinations. One group of males was given the booklet with photographs of females non-randomly assigned; while the other group of males was given the booklet with photographs of females randomly assigned. The major finding of the Present study was that facial characteristics were more causal in predicting initial interpersonal attraction than were attitudes. A colateral finding was that the attitude statements had in fact little effect upon the initial decision to meet a person of the opposite sex. Also, support for previously completed research that found attitudes and facial characteristics were predictors of initial interpersonal attraction was substantiated by the present study.


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