Mate preferences expressed by college students may reflect both the society’s traditional beliefs and the changing nature of cultural values. The current study compared American and Chinese college students’ responses on mate preference choices (N=545). Results show both similarities and differences in mate preferences between these two groups. Out of 18 characteristics, the two groups were similar in eight and differed in ten; and out of 13 rank order ratings, the two groups differed significantly on ten items. Overall, these findings suggest that while there is evidence of convergence in American and Chinese college students’ mate preference values, reflecting the effect of globalization, there are also significant differences in their choices, reflecting social and cultural values of each individual country
International Journal of Education and Human Developments
Zhan, Ginny Q., "Mate Preferences Among Young People: US and China." (2016). Faculty Publications. 4402.