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Physical Appearance Cues and Interpersonal Attraction in Children

Robert E. Kleck, Stephen A. Richardson and Linda Ronald
Child Development
Vol. 45, No. 2 (Jun., 1974), pp. 305-310
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1127949
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1127949
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Abstract

2 studies are reported which demonstrate a positive relationship between the sociometric status of 9-14-year-old boys after 2 weeks of intense social interaction and social acceptance judged from photographs by an independent group of age peers. Study 2 provides data suggesting that high sociometric status measured subsequent to interaction and also as judged on the basis of photographs alone is associated with physical attractiveness. The cues used in making these judgments are examined, and the need for behavioral comparisons between attractive and unattractive children is stressed.

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