Marriage mobility and perceived status of U.S. Presidents

Thomas J. Young1, Laurence A. French1
1Western New Mexico University, Mexico
Cite this article:  Young, T. J., & French, L. A. (1998). Marriage mobility and perceived status of U.S. Presidents. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 26(2), 145-146.

Volume 26 Issue 2 | e917 | Published: May 1998 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1998.26.2.145

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Intraclass courtship and marriage is prevalent in the United States. When marriage mobility occurs, the pattern is generally for a woman to marry a man of higher status (i.e., hypergamy) rather than a man of lower status (i.e., hypogamy). This reflects a sexist tradition in which women are evaluated according to their husband’s social status rather than their lineage or accomplishments (Leslie, 1982; Whyte, 1990).


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