Similar stories are triggered by the much less-common pairing of a younger man with an older woman, as with year-old French president Emmanuel Macron, and his wife, Brigitte, The rarity of such weddings make them novelties, but not fodder for the same type of speculation. Men also have a lower life expectancy than women, leaving women in the and-up age bracket with fewer and fewer choices of heterosexual partners. An age difference of up to 10 years is generally not looked at askance by anyone who knows how old each partner is, but as that gap gets closer to 20, things start to look a bit more off balance.
A middle-age or older man pairing with a younger woman, from this viewpoint, ensures that he will have continue to have offspring at older ages than would be possible with a peer who is past childbearing age. The sociocultural perspective for understanding the pairing of older men and younger women explains not just that younger women seem physically more attractive to aging males, but that the older man represents socially valued attributes that lead his younger partner to want to bond with him.
With age, men may acquire greater power or possess more property, financial and otherwise. The older men with the most appeal to younger women would be those with financial prosperity who are willing to heap some of those financial rewards onto their partner. The framework that the St. Mary's researchers used to test this proposition is attachment theory. Women who need the security of a father figure would, from this point of view, have been poorly cared for by their own fathers, as reflected in later seeking security from an older male.
SARs with just one-to-four-year differences. The AGR women ranged from 18 to 53 years old, with partners, on average, Consistent with large-scale attachment style studies, nearly three-quarters of the sample reported being securely attached. The two age-based relationship samples were similar in both attachment style and relationship satisfaction. Further, the size of the age gap did not relate significantly to satisfaction with the partner.
However, if we accept the findings, the Skentelbery and Fowler study suggests that the younger woman-older man relationship has no unique psychological qualities, at least on the measures used.
Relationship fulfillment depends on a host of factors, but according to this study, the age gap alone is not sufficient to predict who will be happiest with whom.
That older man or woman may just be someone who is a good fit to his partner, and, like other couples who defy stereotypes, their psychological bonding can transcend the demographics. Attachment styles of women-younger partners in age-gap relationships. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 10 2 ,