|Single again? Professor can help
Centre expert gives tips in Psychology Today on dating after divorce
RELEASED: Jan. 23, 2003
DANVILLE, KYWith nearly half of all first marriages ending in divorce, a new generation of divorced daters are looking for a second chance at love.
The article, "Dating After Divorce," co-authored with freelance writer Rosemary Clandos, focuses on how to avoid common mistakes in dating and gives suggestions on the best ways to select a mate during what can be a very emotional and stressful time.
"One key to success," says Anderson, "is to maintain appropriate standards. If you're too easy to attract, you send a poor signal in terms of your unseen qualities." As an example, Anderson points out that consumers often assume that a cheap bottle of wine has inferior ingredients. "Likewise, if you set low standards for yourself, potential suitors may assume that what they don't know about you is in some way inferior."
"Dating After Divorce" is based on "A Theory of Quality Signaling in the Marriage Market," a paper Anderson and Shigeyuyki Hamori, an economist at Kobe University Japan, published in Japan and the World Economy (2000).
According to Anderson, he and Hamori researched the methods people use to assess prospective partners and found that if a person valued him- or herself highly, others tended to value them highly as well.
Anderson joined the Centre College faculty in 1992 and holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan and master's and doctoral degrees from Duke University.
He has expertise in the economics of law, crime, and the environment. He has also published scholarly articles on futures markets, ARCH models, marriage, social insurance, classroom technology, instructional evaluation, childbirth, and dispute resolution, among other topics.
Some of his research findings can be viewed at http://web.centre.edu/david/research.html.
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