derogation of <attractive alternatives>

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Does "attractive alternatives" refer to "attractive factors that are alternatives to physical attractiveness"?

Thanks in advance
Across four studies, we examined the relational repercussions of physical attractiveness (PA).

Study 1 (n = 238) found that those rated as more attractive in high school yearbooks were married for shorter durations and more likely to divorce.

Study 2 (n = 130) replicated these effects using a different sample (high-profile celebrities).

Study 3 (n = 134) examined the link between PA and the derogation of attractive alternatives, a relationship maintenance strategy.

- Michael Scally MD

  • Barque

    Senior Member
    I think it refers to other attractive people; it suggests that some physically attractive people tried to bring down other attractive people, in order to maintain their relationships (to prevent their partners from moving towards those other people).
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