Sex Roles

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 67–73 | Cite as

Handedness and lateral positioning in heterosexual couples: Are men still strong-arming women?

  • Richard J. Borden
  • Gorden M. Homleid


This study examined the way in which heterosexual couples arrange themselves while walking together. In same-handed couples, significantly more females were on the males' preferred (dominant) side than expected by chance — especially when the partners were touching. Apparently, handedness and lateral positioning combine to reflect a male-dominance tendency in this type of situation. In opposite-handed couples, males and females put their dominant sides together, especially when touching. Social implications of these findings and suggestions for future research are also discussed.


Social Psychology Lateral Position Social Implication Heterosexual Couple Dominant Side 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard J. Borden
    • 1
  • Gorden M. Homleid
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychological SciencesPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette

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