Parent-offspring conflict over mating : the case of beauty
Apostolou, Menelaos. (2008) Parent-offspring conflict over mating : the case of beauty. Evolutionary Psychology, Vol.6 (No.2). pp. 303-315. ISSN 1474-7049Full text not available from this repository.
In pre-industrial societies parents exercise a strong influence over the mating decisions of their offspring. As modern pre-industrial societies approximate the way of life in ancestral human societies, human mating behavior should be seen as the outcome of a co-evolutionary process between parental and offspring's mating choice. Both parents and offspring have evolved mating preferences, which enable them to select those mates and in-laws who maximize their inclusive fitness. Following Trivers' (1974) theory of parent-offspring conflict, it is hypothesized that in-law and mating preferences substantially overlap, but also differ with respect to the beauty trait of a mating candidate. This hypothesis is tested on a sample of 292 parents. It is found that the two sets of preferences are strongly correlated, while beauty is preferred significantly more in a mating partner than in an in-law.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Psychology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Parent and teenager, Parent and adult child, Evolutionary psychology, Mate selection -- Physiological aspects|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Evolutionary Psychology|
|Number of Pages:||13|
|Page Range:||pp. 303-315|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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