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Individual differences in female mate preferences as a function of attachment and hypothetical ecological conditions

Cohen, D.L. and Belsky, Jay (2008) Individual differences in female mate preferences as a function of attachment and hypothetical ecological conditions. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 6 (1), pp. 25-42. ISSN 0737-4828.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1556/JEP.2008.1001

Abstract

In order to integrate attachment and behavioral-ecological research on human mating, the current study examined how romantic attachment security and ecological condition related to female mating preferences. Ecological condition was manipulated experimentally by having 18–37-year-olds imagine themselves in each of three life circumstances (predictably safe, unpredictably safe-risky, predictably risky) and repeatedly complete the Birkbeck Mating Questionnaire for each scenario, as well as a widely used measure of romantic attachment (once). Results revealed consistent effects of ecological condition showing that mate preferences varied as a function of resource availability-predictability (e.g. as resources decrease what females reportedly seek in a mate become less important and earlier sexual intercourse along with shorter-term relationships is desired), but few effects of attachment.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): adult attachment, behavioral ecology, mating preferences, resource availability, females
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2011 11:53
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:18
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2303

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