Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the relationship between personality characteristics and the mating strategies men and women employ. Buss and Schmitt (1993) proposed Sexual Strategies Theory to explain many of the mating choice differences between men and women. Their predictions have been empirically supported. However, the relationship between the NEO-PI-R and mating strategies has not been studied. Several hypotheses were proposed to relate certain NEO-PI-R personality characteristics to the short-term and long-term mating strategies people employ. The study required subjects to fill out both the NEO-PI-R and the Sexual Strategies Questionnaire. Ninety-eight multiple regression equations were developed using the personality domains and facets of the NEO-PI-R as the independent measures for the analysis, while the dependent measures were obtained from the Sexual Strategies Questionnaire. Thirty-three regressions were conducted using the domains for both men and women, and thirty-two regressions were conducted using the facets. Results indicated that although most of the specific hypotheses were not supported, sixty-two of the ninety-eight equations were statistically significant (32 for the domains; 30 for the facets). This suggests that personality is significantly related to the short and long-term mating strategies humans use. This study’s results were not completely congruent with the results reported by Buss and Schmitt (1993). However, it may be concluded that many short-term and long-term mating strategies are related to personality traits.


Kenneth Olson

Date of Award

Spring 1998

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


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