Factors in Choosing A Mate Name Part I: Biographical Data 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Age: Sex: (male or female) Religion: Marital status (please circle): single dating engaged married divorced Class or year: Number of brothers: Number of sisters:

Part II: Evaluative Section 1. At what age would you prefer to marry? 2. What age difference would you prefer between you and your spouse? Whom would you prefer to be older (please circle): self spouse 3. Please evaluate the following factors in choosing a mate. If you consider it indispensable, give it………………….3 points important, but not indispensable……...2 points desirable, but not very important……..1 point irrelevant or unimportant……………..0 points _______ (1) Good cook and housekeeper _______ (2) Pleasing disposition _______ (3) Sociability _______ (4) Similar educational background _______ (5) Refinement, neatness _______ (6) Good financial prospect _______ (7) Chastity (no previous experience in sexual intercourse) _______ (8) Dependable character _______ (9) Emotional stability & maturity


_______ (10) Desire for home and children _______ (11) Favorable social status or rating _______ (12) Good looks _______ (13) Similar religious background _______ (14) Ambition & industriousness _______ (15) Similar political background _______ (16) Mutual attraction—love _______ (17) Good health _______ (18) Education & intelligence

and so on down to “13” for the 13th most desired characteristic in a potential mate. Please rank them on their desirability in someone you might marry. Rank These 13 Characteristics From Most (1) to Least (13) Desired in a Mate kind & understanding religious exciting personality creative & artistic good housekeeper intelligent good earning capacity wants children easygoing good heredity college graduate physically attractive healthy Source of instrument: . Below are listed a set of characteristics that might be present in a potential mate or marriage partner. a “3” to the third most desirable characteristic. Give a “1” to the most desirable characteristic in a potential mate.Age: Sex: M F Married: yes no Preferences Concerning Potential Mates Instructions. a “2” to the second most desirable characteristic in a potential mate.

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