Mating-effort in adolescence

A conditional or alternative strategy

David C. Rowe, Alexander T. Vazsonyi, Aurelio J Figueredo

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Mating-effort was defined as the psychological effort put forth to obtain and guard short-term mates. Hypotheses were derived that contrasted two views of high mating-effort. In the conditional strategy view, social failure would occur first and lead directly to individuals' adopting high mating-effort tactics. In the alternative strategy view, heritable dispositions would lead individuals to adopt high or low mating-effort tactics. The findings were that (i) social failure could not account for the co-variation of mating-effort and delinquency; (ii) perceived mate value was related to mating-effort only weakly; (iii) high mating-effort individuals were more, not less, sexually active; and (iv) mating-effort was familial. Although not definitive, on the whole these findings favored an alternative strategy over a conditional strategy interpretation of the choice of mating tactics among middle-class adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-115
Number of pages11
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume23
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1997

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Mating-effort in adolescence : A conditional or alternative strategy. / Rowe, David C.; Vazsonyi, Alexander T.; Figueredo, Aurelio J.

In: Personality and Individual Differences, Vol. 23, No. 1, 07.1997, p. 105-115.

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Rowe, David C. ; Vazsonyi, Alexander T. ; Figueredo, Aurelio J. / Mating-effort in adolescence : A conditional or alternative strategy. In: Personality and Individual Differences. 1997 ; Vol. 23, No. 1. pp. 105-115.
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