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Sex differences in attitudes toward partner infidelity.
Evol Psychol. 2013 Aug 06; 11(4):821-32.EP

Abstract

Sex differences in reactions to partner infidelity have often been studied by comparing emotional reactions to scenarios of sexual versus emotional infidelity. Men, relative to women, tend to react with more distress to partner sexual infidelity than to emotional infidelity. Evolutionary theorists interpret this difference as evidence of sexually dimorphic selection pressures. In contrast, focusing only on the simple effects within each sex, social-cognitive theorists suggest that men and women do not differ in their reactions to partner infidelity. As evidenced by recent rival meta-analytic reports, these diverging perspectives remain largely unresolved and contentious. The present study was designed to take a new approach by measuring attitudes toward partner infidelity. Results were consistent with the evolutionary perspective: Men, to a significantly larger degree than women, evaluated partner sexual infidelity more negatively than emotional infidelity.

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Department of Psychological Science, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, USA. mjtagler@bsu.eduNo affiliation info available

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23921210

Citation

Tagler, Michael J., and Heather M. Jeffers. "Sex Differences in Attitudes Toward Partner Infidelity." Evolutionary Psychology : an International Journal of Evolutionary Approaches to Psychology and Behavior, vol. 11, no. 4, 2013, pp. 821-32.
Tagler MJ, Jeffers HM. Sex differences in attitudes toward partner infidelity. Evol Psychol. 2013;11(4):821-32.
Tagler, M. J., & Jeffers, H. M. (2013). Sex differences in attitudes toward partner infidelity. Evolutionary Psychology : an International Journal of Evolutionary Approaches to Psychology and Behavior, 11(4), 821-32.
Tagler MJ, Jeffers HM. Sex Differences in Attitudes Toward Partner Infidelity. Evol Psychol. 2013 Aug 6;11(4):821-32. PubMed PMID: 23921210.
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