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Digging into the stereotypes.

Back Get Help. Stereotypes aside, many women cite maturity, wisdomand financial stability as good reasons to date men who are older.

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In other cases, women are alleged to have selected an older paramour to gain access to resources and connections in order to further their own careerbusiness, or other aspirations. What is it about seeing an older man with a much younger adult woman in public holding hands that gives some people pause?

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When women date and marry men old enough to be their fathers, it brings up the question of whether there should be an upper limit to an appropriate age gap. Further, Skentelbery and Fowler found no ificant difference in attachment styles between women in similar-age relationships and women in age-gap relationships. Back Magazine.

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Looking for ulterior motives to explain atypical pairings of mature men and much younger women, some have advanced theories about women seeking older men due to relational dynamics with their own fathers. Online: wendypatrickphd. Back Psychology Today.

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Relational Attachment and Age. Sara Skentelbery and Darren Fowler investigated the attachment styles of heterosexual women who date older men. About the Author. But research also seems to suggest that, happily, true love is still alive and well. They also recognize the commonly held belief that women who date men who are 10 or more years older have unhealthy relationships with their fathers. Do I Need Help?

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In explaining the rationale behind perceiving that an older man in a relationship has the upper hand, Collisson and De Leon note that even labels used to describe partners in age-gap relationships imply relational inequity. And knowing nothing about the couple, why do people make snap judgments and attributions of ulterior motives? We don't need a research study to explain to us why older men enjoy dating younger women.

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Essential Re. Societal expectations? How do we explain how these couples got together?

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We can safely assume that there will always be couples that seek to pair up for ulterior motives, perhaps in pursuit of a marriage of convenience. Having come together without ulterior motives or emotional childhood issues, many such pairings are strong, stable, and able to withstand societal scrutiny. Apparently many couples with age differences enjoy healthy, fulfilling, loving relationships.

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Research in this area, accordingly, has sought to distinguish truth from fiction. Family Life Child Development Parenting. Wendy L. Patrick, J. Why Bad Looks Good.

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But contrary to stereotype, many age-gap couples do not display even the appearance of ulterior financial or professional motives. But is there too much of a good thing? Personality Passive Aggression Personality Shyness. Could it be that in many cases, it is simply true love, or are there other reasons?

But regardless of the legitimacy of motive, both parties in men-older age gap relationships often have to overcome stigma and stereotype. In fact, they found that 74 percent of the women in age-gap relationships enjoyed a relationship within which they were securely attached.

Cultural norms? Some adult women are assumed to be looking for an older man to financially support a comfortable lifestyle within which to raise children. They note that the term cradle robber implies that older men are stealing younger women, and alternatively, the term gold digger insinuates that younger partners pursue older counterparts for money and resources.

Read Next. Many such couples are similar in every way except chronological age.

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According to their research, the answer is no. July Who Is the True You? Back Today. But what about the women? Brian Collisson and Luciana Ponce De Leon examined why couples in age gap relationships are subject to prejudice and negative stereotypes.

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