Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Kenneth DeBono




self, monitors, high, low, differences, partner


Prior research on self-monitoring suggests that high self-monitors are more likely to choose a romantic partner based on status and appearance. Conversely, low self-monitors put a greater emphasis on shared values and interests. In the current research, we examined the self-monitoring differences in both dating relationships and marriages. Participants were given a survey in which they answered personal questions, questions about their past relationships, qualities that are important in potential dating and marriage partners, and the Snyder and Gangestad (1986) 18-item Self-Monitoring scale. Trends were consistent with previous research, such that high self-monitors were more likely to divorce than low self-monitors. The research also suggests that high self-monitors place a greater emphasis on physical attractiveness, creativity, and status, whereas low self-monitors prefer qualities such as fidelity and spiritual values. The research indicates that high and low self-monitors differ in partner preferences both in short-term and long-term relationships.