Partner Preferences of the Intellectually Gifted

P. Dijkstra*, DPH Barelds, HAK Groothof, Sieuwke Ronner, Arnolda P. Nauta

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    To date, hardly anything is known about the partner preferences of the intellectually gifted. The present study therefore examined the extent to which 354 gifted individuals judged 17 characteristics to be important in a (potential) partner and compared these ratings with those obtained from a community sample (n=554). Among other things, it was expected that, among the gifted, a (potential) partner’s high intelligence would be judged to be more important than among participants from the general community.It was also expected that single gifted individuals would judge a potential partner’s high intelligence to be more important than gifted individuals involved in intimate relationships. Most of our predictions were supported, and results are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)96-108
    Number of pages13
    JournalMarriage and Family Review
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2012


    • gender
    • giftedness
    • partner preferences
    • relationship status


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