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Indignation or insecurity: the influence of mate value on distress in response to infidelity.
Evol Psychol. 2010 Dec 04; 8(4):736-50.EP

Abstract

Two studies examined the influence of mate value on responses to infidelity from an evolutionary perspective. Couples were recruited for Study 1, allowing an examination of both participants' self-perceived mate value and their partners' mate value on reactions to hypothetical scenarios describing an incidence of infidelity. As predicted, higher levels of perceived mate value were associated with greater levels of indignation while lower levels of mate value were associated with increased levels of insecurity and anxiety in response to infidelity. In Study 2, participants who had been the victim of infidelity in the past recounted their experiences and reported how they actually responded. Consistent with Study 1, higher levels of mate value were associated with greater levels of indignation in response to infidelity whereas lower levels of mate value were associated with greater levels of insecurity. Taken together, these two studies provide compelling support for the hypothesis that the nature of the distress experienced in response to infidelity is influenced by an individual's perceived mate value.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA, USA. phillips_april2@colstate.edu

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22947830

Citation

Phillips, April. "Indignation or Insecurity: the Influence of Mate Value On Distress in Response to Infidelity." Evolutionary Psychology : an International Journal of Evolutionary Approaches to Psychology and Behavior, vol. 8, no. 4, 2010, pp. 736-50.
Phillips A. Indignation or insecurity: the influence of mate value on distress in response to infidelity. Evol Psychol. 2010;8(4):736-50.
Phillips, A. (2010). Indignation or insecurity: the influence of mate value on distress in response to infidelity. Evolutionary Psychology : an International Journal of Evolutionary Approaches to Psychology and Behavior, 8(4), 736-50.
Phillips A. Indignation or Insecurity: the Influence of Mate Value On Distress in Response to Infidelity. Evol Psychol. 2010 Dec 4;8(4):736-50. PubMed PMID: 22947830.
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