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Couples fare better if woman is more attractive: study
By Clay Dillow,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2008 10:46 AM CDT
Courtney Cox, left, and husband David Arquette. He must be supportive.   (AP Photo/Rene Macura, File)
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(Newser) – Trophy wives, take heart. A recent study shows that marriages fare better if the wife is more attractive than the husband. The University of Tennessee survey of 82 couples showed that men place a high premium on a woman’s beauty while women value a caring, supportive husband over chiseled looks, LiveScience reports.

“The husband who’s less physically attractive than his wife is getting something more than maybe he can expect to get,” said the lead researcher on the study. “So he’s going to work hard to maintain that relationship.” Inversely, when the man is better looking, he tends to be less committed and satisfied, stirring discontent in his partner, too.