Reasons for dating older married women
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.
Similar stories are triggered by the (much less-common) pairing of a younger man with an older woman, as with 39-year-old French president Emmanuel Macron, and his wife, Brigitte, 64.
The rarity of such weddings make them novelties, but not fodder for the same type of speculation.
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.
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.
It’s risky to account for a lack of differences: Are these non-effects due to faulty methodology or a flawed theory?
It’s possible that there were weaknesses in the sample recruitment, as an AGR online forum provided the data for that group; these individuals may not be typical representatives of AGRs.
Consistent with large-scale attachment style studies, nearly three-quarters of the sample reported being securely attached.
The key comparisons yielded no differences between AGRs and SARs.