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Surpassing Stigma and Stereotype What is it about seeing an older man with a much younger adult woman in public holding hands that gives some people pause? Researchers have been tackling these important questions for years, and provide some answers.The Perceived Unfair Advantage of Age Brian Collisson and Luciana Ponce De Leon (2018) examined why couples in age gap relationships are subject to prejudice and negative stereotypes.Having come together without ulterior motives or emotional childhood issues, many such pairings are strong, stable, and able to withstand societal scrutiny.We can safely assume that there will always be couples that seek to pair up for ulterior motives, perhaps in pursuit of a marriage of convenience. “Attachment Styles of Women-Younger Partners in Age-Gap Relationships.” Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences 10 (2): 142–47.They note that the term insinuates that younger partners pursue older counterparts for money and resources.Some adult women are assumed to be looking for an older man to financially support a comfortable lifestyle within which to raise children.
Indeed, the University of California at Santa Barbara found that older men who date younger women tend to live longer and maintain healthier lifestyles than their counterparts who date older women.
They note that research reveals a negative view of couples when the age gap between them is significant. In their study of 173 women, 44 of whom were dating men at least approximately 10 years older, the stereotype of women choosing significantly older paramours as a result of “daddy issues” was unsupported.
They also recognize the commonly held belief that women who date men who are 10 or more years older have unhealthy relationships with their fathers. Further, Skentelbery and Fowler found no significant difference in attachment styles between women in similar-age relationships and women in age-gap relationships.
Actor Mel Gibson and partner Rosalind Ross pose at the American Film Institute Awards in Los Angeles, California, on Jan. Gibson, who is 61, is 35 years older than his partner Rosalind Ross, who is 26.
Many men and women are seemingly rejecting those cougar and sugar-daddy stereotypes, as some experts are seeing that a substantial portion of middle-age and older singles are willing to choose partners who are younger than themselves.
In terms of gender differences, they found that the link between perceived relational inequity and prejudice was higher when the man in a relationship was older, rather than the woman.