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Patterns and universals of mate poaching across 53 nations: the effects of sex, culture, and personality on romantically attracting another person's partner

Schmitt, David P. and Alcalay, Lidia and Allik, Jüri and Angleitner, Alois and Ault, Lara and Austers, Ivars and Bennett, Kevin L. and Bianchi, Gabriel and Boholst, Fredrick and Borg Cunen, Mary Ann and Braeckman, Johan and Brainerd, Edwin G. and Caral, Leo Gerard A. and Caron, Gabrielle and Casullo, Maria Martina and Cunningham, Michael and Daibo, Ikuo and De Backer, Charlotte and De Souza, Eros and Diaz-Loving, Rolando and Diniz, Gláucia and Durkin, Kevin and Echegaray, Marcela and Eremsoy, Ekin and Euler, Harald A. and Falzon, Ruth and Fisher, Maryanne L. and Foley, Dolores and Fry, Douglas P. and Fry, Sirpa and Ghayur, M. Arif and Golden, Debra L. and Grammer, Karl and Grimaldi, Liria and Halberstadt, Jamin and Haque, Shamsul and Herrera, Dora and Hertel, Janine and Hoffmann, Heather and Hooper, Danica and Hradilekova, Zuzana and Hudek-Kene-evi, Jasna and Jaafar, Jas and Jankauskaite, Margarita and Kabangu-Stahel, Heidel and Kardum, Igor and Khoury, Brigitte and Kwon, Hayrran and Laidra, Kaia and Laireiter, Anton-Rupert and Lakerveld, Dustin and Lampert, Ada and Lauri, Maryanne and Lavallée, Marguerite and Lee, Suk-Jae and Leung, Luk Chung and Locke, Kenneth D. and Locke, Vance and Luksik, Ivan and Magaisa, Ishmael and Marcinkeviciene, Dalia and Mata, André and Mata, Rui and McCarthy, Barry and Mills, Michael E. and Mkhize, Nhlanhla J. and Moreira, João and Moreira, Sérgio and Moya, Miguel and Munyae, M. and Noller, Patricia and Opre, Adrian and Panayiotou, Alexia and Petrovic, Nebojsa and Poels, Karolien and Popper, Miroslav and Poulimenou, Maria and P'yatokha, Volodymr and Raymond, Michel and Reips, Ulf-Dietrich and Reneau, Susan E. and Rivera-Aragon, Sofia and Rowatt, Wade C. and Ruch, Willibald and Rus, Velko S. and Safir, Marilyn P. and Salas, Sonia and Sambataro, Fabio and Sandnabba, Kenneth N. and Schulmeyer, Marion K. and Schütz, Astrid and Scrimali, Tullio and Shackelford, Todd K. and Shaver, Phillip R. and Sichona, Francis and Simonetti, Franco and Sineshaw, Tilahun and Sookdew, R. and Speelman, Tom and Spyrou, Spyros and Sümer, H. Canan and Sümer, Nebi and Supekova, Marianna and Szlendak, Tomasz and Timmermans, Bert and Tooke, William and Tsaousis, Ioannis and Tungaraza, F. S. K. and van Overwalle, Frank and Vandermassen, Griet and Vanhoomissen, Tim and Vanwesenbeeck, Ine and Vasey, Paul L. and Verissimo, João and Voracek, Martin and Wan, Wendy W. N. and Wang, Ta-Wei and Weiss, Peter and Wijaya, Andik and Woertman, Liesbeth and Youn, Gahyun and Zupanèiè, Agata and International Sexuality Description Project, . (2004) Patterns and universals of mate poaching across 53 nations: the effects of sex, culture, and personality on romantically attracting another person's partner. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86 (4). pp. 560-584.

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Abstract

As part of the International Sexuality Description Project, 16,954 participants from 53 nations were administered an anonymous survey about experiences with romantic attraction. Mate poaching--romantically attracting someone who is already in a relationship--was most common in Southern Europe, South America, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe and was relatively infrequent in Africa, South/Southeast Asia, and East Asia. Evolutionary and social-role hypotheses received empirical support. Men were more likely than women to report having made and succumbed to short-term poaching across all regions, but differences between men and women were often smaller in more gender-egalitarian regions. People who try to steal another's mate possess similar personality traits across all regions, as do those who frequently receive and succumb to the poaching attempts by others. The authors conclude that human mate-poaching experiences are universally linked to sex, culture, and the robust influence of personal dispositions.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Cognitive and Decision Sciences (Hertwig)
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Sozial-, Wirtschafts- und Entscheidungspsychologie > Cognitive and Decision Sciences (Mata)
UniBasel Contributors:Mata, Rui
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Psychological Association
ISSN:0022-3514
e-ISSN:1939-1315
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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