Essay on Men are from Mars

Submitted By Michelle-Goddard
Words: 783
Pages: 4

Men and women are genetically made different. With those differences, men and women have their own mating instincts that are gender-specific that have essentially evolved causing both men and woman to be successful when it comes to reproduction. Men and women may both view love differently. The researchers of the relationship study were testing the hypothesis that “women and men would differ in what they wanted and/or received from their romantic partners.” The researchers had the following five hypotheses to test: 1.) Women’s desire scores on the DLBS will be significantly higher than men’s, while men’s scores on the sex subscale would be higher. 2.) Women’s received scores on the DLBS test would be lower than men’s, and men’s scores on the sex subscale would be lower. 3.) Women’s desire-received discrepancy scores on the DLBS would be higher than men’s scores. 4.) Discrepancy scores on the DLBS test will predict satisfaction in romantic relationships for both genders. 5.) Gender differences would be mediated by gender-role identity (Perrin 2011). In order to conduct their research, the researchers picked undergraduates from a large university to participate in their study. The students were diverse in gender, ethnicity, and marital status. Almost half of the class was involved in a romantic relationship; however, none of the students were married or cohabitating with a partner. Students that had never been in a relationship did not have the option to participate. There were three different studies conducted by the researchers. The first study focused on how men and woman “differently rate the importance of sex, relationship support, scripting, and caring actions” in their romantic relationships. The participants were given a test with the instructions “What do you want your partner to DO or SAY to make you feel loved?” Each question had a five point scale. The independent variable was the gender of the participants. The dependent variables in this study were the four subscale desire scours of the DLBS (Desired Loving Behaviors Scale) testing. This study did not apply full support to the hypothesis that women’s scores would be higher than men’s and that men’s scores would be higher on the Sex subscale. Gender differences were only proven on the subscale of relationship support in which women tested higher (Perrin 2011). In the second study, the participants were to respond to two versions of the DLBS to find out what behaviors the participants “desired from their romantic partners in order to feel loved,” and “what behaviors and actions participants actually received from their partners in order to feel loved.” The independent variable was the gender of the participants. The dependent variables were the desired subscale scores, received subscale scores, and the discrepancy subscale scores. The first hypothesis “that women and men would differ slightly on the desire subscale, received more support” in the second study than in the first study. The second hypothesis support showed no significant differences of the genders, “failing to support the notion that women are more generous in romantic relationships than men.” However the third hypothesis revealed a significant gender effect that