A new study suggests that women who enjoy close relationships with their fathers in childhood are likely to choose a partner who looks similar, it has emerged.
In a study of 49 eldest daughters who were asked to pick the most attractive of 15 faces, a strong correlation was detected between those who had a positive relationship with their dads and those who picked the faces bearing a close resemblance to their fathers.
Several celebrities also appear to have based their choice of partner on 'daddy's girl syndrome'.
For instance, Nigella Lawson's partner Charles Saatchi has very similar hair, nose and smile to her father, the former chancellor Nigel Lawson, while, with his balding head, round face and thick stubble, Lily Allen's boyfriend Seb Chew is the spitting image of her dad Keith.
Author Dr Lynda Boothroyd of Durham University explained: "These controlled results show for certain that the quality of a daughter?s relationship with her father has an impact on whom she finds attractive.
"We can now say that daughters who have very positive childhood relationships with their fathers choose men with similar central facial characteristics to their fathers."
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