Sexual Strategies Theory: An Evolutionary Perspective on Human Mating

David M. Buss, David P. Schmitt

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    This article proposes a contextual-evolutionary theory of human mating strategies. Both men and women are hypothesized to have evolved distinct psychological mechanisms that underlie short-term and long-term strategies. Men and women confront different adaptive problems in short-term as opposed to long-term mating contexts. Consequently, different mate preferences become activated from their strategic repertoires. Nine key hypotheses and 22 predictions from Sexual Strategies Theory are outlined and tested empirically. Adaptive problems sensitive to context include sexual accessibility, fertility assessment, commitment seeking and avoidance, immediate and enduring resource procurement, paternity certainty, assessment of mate value, and parental investment. Discussion summarizes 6 additional sources of behavioral data, outlines adaptive problems common to both sexes, and suggests additional contexts likely to cause shifts in mating strategy.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)204-232
    Number of pages29
    JournalPsychological Review
    Volume100
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Apr 1993

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    Mate
    Paternity
    Fertility
    Psychology
    Causes
    Evolutionary
    Prediction
    Psychological
    Resources
    Avoidance
    Procurement
    Evolutionary theory
    Accessibility
    Certainty
    Contextual
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    Sexual Strategies Theory : An Evolutionary Perspective on Human Mating. / Buss, David M.; Schmitt, David P.

    In: Psychological Review, Vol. 100, No. 2, 04.1993, p. 204-232.

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    Buss, DM & Schmitt, DP 1993, 'Sexual Strategies Theory: An Evolutionary Perspective on Human Mating' Psychological Review, vol 100, no. 2, pp. 204-232.

    Buss, David M.; Schmitt, David P. / Sexual Strategies Theory : An Evolutionary Perspective on Human Mating.

    In: Psychological Review, Vol. 100, No. 2, 04.1993, p. 204-232.

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