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.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages204-232
Number of pages29
JournalPsychological Review
Volume100
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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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, 01.01.1993, p. 204-232.

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Buss, David M ; Schmitt, David P. / Sexual Strategies Theory : An Evolutionary Perspective on Human Mating. In: Psychological Review. 1993 ; Vol. 100, No. 2. pp. 204-232.
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