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Sex Roles

, Volume 11, Issue 1–2, pp 17–23 | Cite as

The double standard in age-discrepant relationships

  • Gloria Cowan
Article

Abstract

If a double standard of aging exists, the relationship in which the female is older should be seen more negatively than the more traditional male-older relationship. This study examined the effects of both degree of age discrepancy and sex of the older person on attributions of success for relationships in both adult and adolescent samples. Both samples rated the highly discrepant female-older relationship (18 years difference) least probable of success. Level of discrepancy and sex of older person were significant factors for both groups. Surprisingly, both adult and adolescent males, in contrast to females, did not show the double standard in evaluating moderately discrepant relationship (7 years).

Keywords

Social Psychology Adolescent Male Double Standard Adolescent Sample Discrepant Relationship 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gloria Cowan
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  1. 1.California State CollegeSan Bernardino

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