Settling down without settling: Perceived changes in partner preferences in response to COVID-19

C Alexopoulos*, Elisabeth Timmermans, L L Sharabi, D J Roaché, A Croft, E Dorrance Hall, L James-Hawkins, V Lamarche, M Uhlich

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The goal of this study was to explore the positive association between concern related to COVID-19 and single individuals’ perceived changes to their partner preferences. In addition, we investigated the mediating role of fear of being single. Results indicated that people with greater COVID-19 concern perceived an increase in the importance of stability, family commitment, and physical/social attractiveness, as well as fear of being single. Fear of being single only negatively predicted the importance of physical/social attractiveness, whereas it positively predicted the importance of stability and family commitment. Thus, in most cases, people with a greater concern for COVID-19 perceived themselves to become more selective, even when they exhibit higher levels of fear of being single.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1901-1919
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Issue number6
Early online date3 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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