Height among women is curvilinearly related to life history strategy

Abraham P. Buunk, Thomas V. Pollet, Liga Klavina, Aurelio José Figueredo, Pieternel Dijkstra

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Abstract

It was hypothesized that women of medium height would show a more secure, long-term mating pattern characterized by less jealousy, less intrasexual competition and a "slower" life history strategy. In three samples of female undergraduate students clear support was found for these hypotheses. In Study 1, among 120 participants, height was curvilinearly related to well-established measures of possessive and reactive jealousy, with women of medium height being less jealous than tall as well as short women. In Study 2, among 40 participants, height was curvilinearly related to intrasexual competition, with women of medium height being less competitive towards other women than tall as well as short women. In Study 3, among 299 participants, height was curvilinearly related to the Mini-K, a well-validated measure of " slower" life history strategy, with women of medium height having a slower life history strategy than tall as well as short women. The results suggest that women of medium height tend to follow a different mating strategy than either tall or short women. Various explanations and implications of these results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-559
Number of pages15
JournalEvolutionary Psychology
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Height
  • Intrasexual competition
  • Jealousy
  • Life history

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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