Türk Dünyası İncelemeleri Dergisi, vol.10, no.2, pp.123-131, 2010 (National Refreed University Journal)
The present study explored mate preferences for future
marriage partners in a Central Asian Country, Kyrgyzstan.
The findings indicated that Kyrgyz university students value
highly both universally valued attributes (love, honesty and
trustworthiness, kindness) and some culture specific
attributes in a mate (respectfulness towards relatives in law).
The results further indicated to gender differences as in line
with established literature findings. Female students
displayed grater preference for high earning potential and
wealth. On the other hand, male students put greater
importance in physical attractiveness, good housekeeping,
similar religious background, chastity, and traditionalism.
Male preferences seemed more on the traditional side than
females in a developing country.
Keywords: Kyrgyzstan, mate preferences, university stude Keywords: Kyrgyzstan, mate preferences, university students