Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

We contend that preferences for mates with resources or money might be calibrated on where a potential mate gets her/his money. In three studies (N = 668) we examined the nature of individuals’ preferences for mates who have resources or money. Both sexes preferred a long-term mate who has earned her/his money over other sources. In particular, women preferred mates who earned their money over other potential means of getting resources (i.e., inheritance, embezzlement, and windfall). Women maintained a high level of interest in mates who earned their money regardless of duration of the mateship whereas men became less interested in a mate who earned her money in the context of short-term relationships. Overall, the sexes preferred a mate who earned their money more strongly in the long-term than the short-term context. Results are discussed from evolutionary and sociocultural models of mate preferences.

Keywords

Mate preferences, Sex differences, Resources, Evolutionary psychology

Discipline

Gender and Sexuality | Personality and Social Contexts | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Personality and Individual Differences

Volume

52

Issue

3

First Page

306

Last Page

310

ISSN

0191-8869

Identifier

10.1016/j.paid.2011.10.032

Publisher

SAGE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2011.10.032

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