An example of the genes being a contributor in a woman finding a partner is if the woman inherited her mother's behaviors. Her mother chose her father, whom best suits her personality, so her daughter will choose a partner that is like her father because she inherited her mother's personality characteristics.
(1): Our environment is what we do, what we interact with, and the social and emotional climate of it. (2): An example of shared environmental influences would be the origination of a family, culture, and the relationship the family members. (3): Nonshared environmental factors are what make family members different from one another such as, jobs, friends, and experiences.
(3): An example of this would be the saying, “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl”.
(2): If the reaction is desired the woman will be more satisfied. According to Spotts et al. (2004) “ either the wife sought out a husband with particular characteristics based on her genetically influenced characteristics, or her genetically influenced characteristics influence the tone of the marriage in such a way to color the husband's perceptions”.
(1): Husbands are a wife's main source of social support.
(2): Different environmental influences make the genetic behaviors, such as inherited behaviors, come out either more or less. The influence of these depend upon each other. If there is a steady level of environmental influences, then the genetic influences will be greater.
(1): For instance, our society perceives our women to be warm, nurturing, and relationship-oriented, and most do end up being this way. This can also be said for men as well.
(1): As of 2001, “fifty percent of first marriages end in separation and divorce within the first twenty years” (Ortega & Cordova, 2001). divorce is influenced by genetic as well as nonshared environmental factors as well as certain personality traits. The genetically inherited personality traits that increase the risk of divorce are, criticism, contempt, and defensiveness. (2): Once we figure out which genetic traits increase the risk of divorce women can figure out ways to change them to have better relationships with their partners. (3). Can do this by refining treatments and interventions of troubled couples.
(1): Children, mainly boys, whose parents go through marital conflicts are at risk of undercontrolled behavior. In the end these children may end up having significant problems of their own, including social problems and maybe even being divorced themselves. (3): It was found that in married couples husbands tend to be more satisfied with their relationships than the wives do.
Do Women Choose Their Partner Based on Environmental Factors, Genetic Factors, or Both? By: Cynthia McGraw Argosy University Psy492 :Advanced General Psychology Spring II
Topic Information <ul><li>It is said that women are likely to choose partners that are very similar to their fathers because of their influence to their environment. </li></ul><ul><li>I believe that genes play a large part in woman's choice in picking their partner. </li></ul>
Topic Information cont. (Our Environment) <ul><li>Our environment is our physical and psychological surroundings. </li></ul><ul><li>One type of environmental influence is shared environmental influences. </li></ul><ul><li>Another type of environmental influence is nonshared. </li></ul><ul><li>Our environmental formed characteristics are harder to change. </li></ul>
Topic Information Cont... (Genes) <ul><li>Genes are what initially influence a woman's decision on choosing a spouse. </li></ul><ul><li>After that their environmental influences enhance the decision making by bringing out the genetic characteristics. </li></ul><ul><li>Genetic characteristics can be changed by environmental interventions such as, therapy, counseling, medical treatment, etc. </li></ul>
What Women Want <ul><li>Women look for characteristics in their spouses that bring out their desired behaviors. </li></ul><ul><li>Their behaviors also provoke a certain reaction from her partner. </li></ul>
Environment vs. Genes <ul><li>A woman's social support is likely more than likely to be inherited. </li></ul><ul><li>Marital quality is likely to be learned through a woman's environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Genetic influences affect behavioral problems and temperament more than environmental influences do. </li></ul>
Environment vs. Genes Cont... <ul><li>Overall, both environmental and genetic factors influence how women choose their spouses. </li></ul><ul><li>Genetic factors influence how women choose their partners, but in the long run, nonshared environmental factors play a larger role in overall marital quality. </li></ul><ul><li>The majority of the time environmental influences contribute to decision making more than genetic factors do. </li></ul>
Environment vs. Genes Cont... <ul><li>Environmental influences can influence women by it perceiving them to be something, so they are more then likely to be what their environment sees them to be. </li></ul>
Importance of Topic <ul><li>It will help decrease the number of divorces in our society. </li></ul><ul><li>It was found that genetic traits can be adjusted to reach better outcome in relationships. </li></ul><ul><li>It can help improve treatments of distressed marriages. </li></ul>
Importance of Topic Cont... <ul><li>Better the mental health of our children. </li></ul><ul><li>Couples can prevent unsatisfactory relationships and be able to give themselves satisfactory ones. </li></ul><ul><li>Women can be more satisfied with their relationships with their husbands, making them happier as well as their families. </li></ul>
References <ul><li>Ortega, S., & Cordova, J. (2009). Measuring Adult Attachment: An exploratory study investigating the relationships among marital satisfaction, emotion skills, and self-report and observational measures of attachment. 3. Retrieved from PsycEXTRA database. </li></ul><ul><li>Spotts, E., Neiderhiser, J., Towers, H., Hansson, K., Lichtenstein, P., Cederblad, M., et al. (2004). Genetic and environmental influences on marital relationships. Journal of Family Psychology, 18(1), 107-119. doi:10.1037/0893-3126.96.36.199. </li></ul>