Does High Educational Attainment Limit the Availability of Romantic Partners?

Isaac Burt, Sally V. Lewis, Monifa G. Beverly

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Research indicates that highly educated individuals endure hardships in finding suitable romantic partners. Romantic hardships affect social and emotional adjustment levels, leading to low self-efficacy in relationship decision making. To address the need for research pertaining to this topic, the authors explored the experiences of eight individuals purposively chosen. Conducting interviews based in qualitative methods, the authors discuss thematic patterns emerging from the study. Constraints such as lack of time and social outlets were barriers to meeting highly desirable mates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)448-454
Number of pages7
JournalFamily Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • educational attainment
  • relationship decision making
  • romantic partners
  • self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Psychology


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