Sex Roles

, Volume 9, Issue 8, pp 849–852 | Cite as

Perceptions of male and female initiators of relationships

  • Susan K. Green
  • Philip Sandos
Article

Abstract

Participants reacted to descriptions of initiations of heterosexual relationships in which the sequence of two initiations (starting a conversation and issuing a dinner invitation) and the sex of the two initiators were factorially manipulated. Male first-initiators were perceived more positively than female first-initiators, regardless of type of initiation, and indirect initiations (conversation first) were perceived as more acceptable than direct initiations (dinner invitation first) for both sexes. Male respondents indicated more willingness to engage in both types of initiations than females. There were no other sex differences in perceptions.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan K. Green
    • 1
  • Philip Sandos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe George Washington UniversityWashington, D.C.

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