Dating older wealthy men
Because these relationships are more prevalent when they involve older men and younger women, the authors didn’t perform an analogous study of “mommy figures." If it’s true that younger women in AGRs are seeking father figures, then it would be expected that they would have maladaptive relationships with their fathers which play out in adulthood by their choice of a mate. Mary's researchers used to test this proposition is attachment theory.
According to the attachment theory perspective, people’s adult relationships reflect the way they were treated by their caregivers.
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Consistent with large-scale attachment style studies, nearly three-quarters of the sample reported being securely attached.
The key comparisons yielded no differences between AGRs and SARs.
Testing their predictions on a sample of 173 women, all involved in a romantic relationship, the study's authors compared those in AGRs (with a nine-year or larger age difference) vs. The AGR women ranged from 18 to 53 years old, with partners, on average, 17.3 years older than themselves.
Using standard questionnaire measures, the research team asked all participants to rate their attachment styles as well as their relationship satisfaction.