This study investigated the influence of psychological reactance on interpersonal attraction among female undergraduates. Participants completed self-esteem and parental interference questionnaires. Self-esteem and parental interference were not related to attraction. Counter to our hypothesis, when selecting a partner between two potential dates, women demonstrated more attraction to the "good boy" than to the "bad boy". However, participants were more willing to date the "bad boy" than to establish a long-term relationship with them.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
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Truelove, Ronald S. and Harton, Helen C.
"Reactance as a Function of Bad Boy Attraction,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 5:
1, Article 32.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol5/iss1/32