Age, puberty and attractiveness judgments in adolescents

Tamsin K. Saxton, Dagmar Kohoutova, S. Craig Roberts, Benedict C. Jones, Lisa M. DeBruine, Jan Havlicek

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Previous work has suggested that judgments of the attractiveness of some facial and vocal features change during adolescence. Here, over 70 Czech adolescents aged 12–14 made forced-choice attractiveness judgments on adolescent faces manipulated in symmetry, averageness and femininity, and on adolescent opposite-sex voices manipulated in fundamental frequency (perceived as pitch), and completed questionnaires on pubertal development. Consistent with typical adult judgments, adolescents selected the symmetric, average and feminine male and female faces as more attractive significantly more often than the asymmetric, non-average and masculine faces respectively. Moreover, preferences for symmetric faces were positively associated with adolescents’ age and stage of pubertal development. Unexpectedly, voice pitch did not significantly influence adolescents’ attractiveness judgments. Collectively, these findings present new evidence using refined methodology that adolescent development is related to variation in attractiveness judgments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-862
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume49
Issue number8
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StatePublished - Dec 2010

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Saxton, T. K., Kohoutova, D., Roberts, S. C., Jones, B. C., DeBruine, L. M., & Havlicek, J. (2010). Age, puberty and attractiveness judgments in adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences, 49(8), 857-862. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2010.07.016

Saxton, Tamsin K.; Kohoutova, Dagmar; Roberts, S. Craig; Jones, Benedict C.; DeBruine, Lisa M.; Havlicek, Jan / Age, puberty and attractiveness judgments in adolescents.

In: Personality and Individual Differences, Vol. 49, No. 8, 12.2010, p. 857-862.

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Age, puberty and attractiveness judgments in adolescents. / Saxton, Tamsin K.; Kohoutova, Dagmar; Roberts, S. Craig; Jones, Benedict C.; DeBruine, Lisa M.; Havlicek, Jan.

In: Personality and Individual Differences, Vol. 49, No. 8, 12.2010, p. 857-862.

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Saxton TK, Kohoutova D, Roberts SC, Jones BC, DeBruine LM, Havlicek J. Age, puberty and attractiveness judgments in adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences. 2010 Dec;49(8):857-862. Available from, DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2010.07.016