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Good Genes, Good Providers, and Good Fathers and Mothers: The Withholding of Parental Investment by Married Couples
Lei Chang1,2; Hui Jing Lu3; Xiao Qin Zhu3
2017-04-01
Source PublicationEvolutionary Behavioral Sciences
ISSN2330-2925
Volume11Issue:2Pages:199-211
Abstract

A conflict of interest between the sexes prevents optimal parental investment in parents in monogamous species. Most notably in biparental birds, parents invest in their young according to mate value, with the parent of higher (lower) mate value reducing (increasing) their parental investment. We tested similar hypotheses in a sample of 408 married couples with children. The results showed that, for both men and women (but more for the men than the women), parental warmth and care correlated negatively with the extent to which good-gene and good-provider mate values compared favorably with those of their peers and spouse, whereas good-father and good-mother mate values correlated positively with parental investment. These findings highlight a sexual conflict of interest in otherwise overly romanticized marital relationships and elucidate the evolution of good-father and good-mother mate preferences.

KeywordGood Fathers Good Genes Good Providers Mate Values Parental Investment
DOI10.1037/ebs0000086
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Language英语
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Corresponding AuthorLei Chang
Affiliation1.Department of Psychology, University of Macau, Macao
2.Department of Social Psychology, Nankai University,China
3.Department of Applied Social Sciences,The Hong Kong Polytechnic University,,China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Lei Chang,Hui Jing Lu,Xiao Qin Zhu. Good Genes, Good Providers, and Good Fathers and Mothers: The Withholding of Parental Investment by Married Couples[J]. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences,2017,11(2):199-211.
APA Lei Chang,Hui Jing Lu,&Xiao Qin Zhu.(2017).Good Genes, Good Providers, and Good Fathers and Mothers: The Withholding of Parental Investment by Married Couples.Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences,11(2),199-211.
MLA Lei Chang,et al."Good Genes, Good Providers, and Good Fathers and Mothers: The Withholding of Parental Investment by Married Couples".Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences 11.2(2017):199-211.
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