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When a "poach" is not a poach: re-defining human mate poaching and re-estimating its frequency.
Arch Sex Behav. 2007 Oct; 36(5):702-16.AS

Abstract

For a romantic attraction to be considered a mate poach, the pursuer must be aware that, while attempting to attract the targeted individual, the target is already in a nominally exclusive relationship. We investigated a methodological alternative for investigating the frequency of mate poaching. We presented university students with a survey informed by a definition of poaching that, in contrast to that which informed previous surveys, explicitly stated that the poacher must be aware while pursuing the targeted individual that the target was already in an exclusive relationship. Relative to participants in previous research, the current participants reported fewer experiences with poaching. We concluded that the current survey reduced the likelihood of participants reporting experiences with non-poaching forms of romantic attraction as experiences with poaching, and thereby provided more accurate estimates of the frequency of poaching. We also investigated the frequency of a previously uninvestigated form and temporal context of poaching and used a more fine-grained measure of the frequency of poaching than used in previous research. Discussion addresses limitations of the current research and suggests future directions for addressing them.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University, 2912 College Avenue, Davie, Florida 33314, USA. adavies1@fau.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17333321

Citation

Davies, Alastair P C., et al. "When a "poach" Is Not a Poach: Re-defining Human Mate Poaching and Re-estimating Its Frequency." Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol. 36, no. 5, 2007, pp. 702-16.
Davies AP, Shackelford TK, Hass RG. When a "poach" is not a poach: re-defining human mate poaching and re-estimating its frequency. Arch Sex Behav. 2007;36(5):702-16.
Davies, A. P., Shackelford, T. K., & Hass, R. G. (2007). When a "poach" is not a poach: re-defining human mate poaching and re-estimating its frequency. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36(5), 702-16.
Davies AP, Shackelford TK, Hass RG. When a "poach" Is Not a Poach: Re-defining Human Mate Poaching and Re-estimating Its Frequency. Arch Sex Behav. 2007;36(5):702-16. PubMed PMID: 17333321.
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TY - JOUR T1 - When a "poach" is not a poach: re-defining human mate poaching and re-estimating its frequency. AU - Davies,Alastair P C, AU - Shackelford,Todd K, AU - Hass,R Glen, PY - 2007/3/3/pubmed PY - 2008/2/13/medline PY - 2007/3/3/entrez SP - 702 EP - 16 JF - Archives of sexual behavior JO - Arch Sex Behav VL - 36 IS - 5 N2 - For a romantic attraction to be considered a mate poach, the pursuer must be aware that, while attempting to attract the targeted individual, the target is already in a nominally exclusive relationship. We investigated a methodological alternative for investigating the frequency of mate poaching. We presented university students with a survey informed by a definition of poaching that, in contrast to that which informed previous surveys, explicitly stated that the poacher must be aware while pursuing the targeted individual that the target was already in an exclusive relationship. Relative to participants in previous research, the current participants reported fewer experiences with poaching. We concluded that the current survey reduced the likelihood of participants reporting experiences with non-poaching forms of romantic attraction as experiences with poaching, and thereby provided more accurate estimates of the frequency of poaching. We also investigated the frequency of a previously uninvestigated form and temporal context of poaching and used a more fine-grained measure of the frequency of poaching than used in previous research. Discussion addresses limitations of the current research and suggests future directions for addressing them. SN - 0004-0002 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17333321/When_a_"poach"_is_not_a_poach:_re_defining_human_mate_poaching_and_re_estimating_its_frequency_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-006-9158-8 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -