Because these relationships are more prevalent when they involve older men and younger women, the authors didn’t perform an analogous study of “mommy figures." If it’s true that younger women in AGRs are seeking father figures, then it would be expected that they would have maladaptive relationships with their fathers which play out in adulthood by their choice of a mate. Mary's researchers used to test this proposition is attachment theory.
According to the attachment theory perspective, people’s adult relationships reflect the way they were treated by their caregivers.
As a control to self-report bias, Skentelbery and Fowler also asked participants to complete a measure of “social desirability,” or the tendency to exaggerate one’s positive attributes on a questionnaire (e.g.
“I never make a long trip without checking the safety of my car”).
Feel free to join my Facebook group, "Fulfillment at Any Age," to discuss today's blog, or to ask further questions about this posting. I'm sure they don't represent all women, but I know several single women in their 30's who are dating older men.
The simple reason they give is that most men their own age are "ridiculously immature".
The older men with the most appeal to younger women would be those with financial prosperity who are willing to heap some of those financial rewards onto their partner.It’s risky to account for a lack of differences: Are these non-effects due to faulty methodology or a flawed theory?It’s possible that there were weaknesses in the sample recruitment, as an AGR online forum provided the data for that group; these individuals may not be typical representatives of AGRs.The two age-based relationship samples were similar in both attachment style and relationship satisfaction.Further, the size of the age gap did not relate significantly to satisfaction with the partner.