PREFFERED MATE CHARACTERISTICS IN KYRGYZSTAN


Çırak Karadağ S.

Türk Dünyası İncelemeleri Dergisi, vol.10, no.2, pp.123-131, 2010 (National Refreed University Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Title of Journal : Türk Dünyası İncelemeleri Dergisi
  • Page Numbers: pp.123-131

Abstract

ABSTRACT 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