Similarity in cigarette smoking attracts: a prospective study of romantic partner selection by own smoking and smoker prototypes.

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Psychology of addictive behaviors : journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors, ISSN: 1939-1501, Vol: 23, Issue: 4, Page: 632-43

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Etcheverry, Paul E; Agnew, Christopher R
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Medicine; Psychology; Young adult cigarette smoking; selection effects; romantic partner selection; smoker prototypes; perceived approval for smoking
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In the current research, we used a multiwave longitudinal design to examine how young adults' own smoking and smoker prototypes are associated with selection of romantic partners over time. Results indicate that participants who smoke, versus participants who do not smoke, and participants who have a more positive prototype of the typical smoker are more likely to initiate a romantic relationship with someone who smokes and who has greater perceived approval for smoking. Among participants who smoke, higher levels of smoking are associated with initiating a relationship with a romantic partner who smokes more and approves of smoking more. The findings suggest some important aspects of romantic partner selection effects in terms of what is selected for, partner smoking and approval, and key young adult variables that contribute to selection, such as participant's own smoking and smoker prototype.