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Deceptive Affectionate Messages: Mate Retention Deployed Under the Threat of Partner Infidelity.
Evol Psychol. 2019 Jul-Sep; 17(3):1474704919867902.EP

Abstract

Deceptive affectionate messages (DAMs) have been proposed to act as relational maintenance techniques and, as such, might be part of a greater repertoire of mate retention behaviors. We analyzed data from 1,993 Mechanical Turk participants to examine the relations between DAMs and mate retention, and whether these relations were mediated by the perceived risk of partner infidelity. In line with predictions, frequency of DAMs positively predicted general mate retention and cost-inflicting mate retention through the perceived risk of partner infidelity. In line with our nondirectional prediction, we also found that frequency of DAMs negatively predicted benefit-provisioning mate retention behaviors. In an exploratory mediation analysis of DAMs on benefit-provisioning mate retention via perceived partner infidelity, we surprisingly found that DAMs negatively predicted benefit-provisioning behavior due to the perceived risk of partner infidelity, suggesting that DAMs-but not benefit-provisioning mate retention-are deployed under the threat of partner infidelity. Overall, these findings suggest that DAMs might belong to a greater repertoire of mate retention (especially cost-inflicting) behaviors to thwart the possibility of partner infidelity.

Authors+Show Affiliations

1 School of Psychology, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia.2 Department of Communication, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31409128

Citation

Caton, Neil R., and Sean M. Horan. "Deceptive Affectionate Messages: Mate Retention Deployed Under the Threat of Partner Infidelity." Evolutionary Psychology : an International Journal of Evolutionary Approaches to Psychology and Behavior, vol. 17, no. 3, 2019, p. 1474704919867902.
Caton NR, Horan SM. Deceptive Affectionate Messages: Mate Retention Deployed Under the Threat of Partner Infidelity. Evol Psychol. 2019;17(3):1474704919867902.
Caton, N. R., & Horan, S. M. (2019). Deceptive Affectionate Messages: Mate Retention Deployed Under the Threat of Partner Infidelity. Evolutionary Psychology : an International Journal of Evolutionary Approaches to Psychology and Behavior, 17(3), 1474704919867902. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474704919867902
Caton NR, Horan SM. Deceptive Affectionate Messages: Mate Retention Deployed Under the Threat of Partner Infidelity. Evol Psychol. 2019 Jul-Sep;17(3):1474704919867902. PubMed PMID: 31409128.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Deceptive Affectionate Messages: Mate Retention Deployed Under the Threat of Partner Infidelity. AU - Caton,Neil R, AU - Horan,Sean M, PY - 2019/8/15/entrez PY - 2019/8/15/pubmed PY - 2020/2/20/medline KW - affection KW - affectionate communication KW - deception KW - deceptive affection KW - deceptive affectionate messages KW - evolutionary psychology KW - mate retention KW - perceived infidelity KW - relational maintenance SP - 1474704919867902 EP - 1474704919867902 JF - Evolutionary psychology : an international journal of evolutionary approaches to psychology and behavior JO - Evol Psychol VL - 17 IS - 3 N2 - Deceptive affectionate messages (DAMs) have been proposed to act as relational maintenance techniques and, as such, might be part of a greater repertoire of mate retention behaviors. We analyzed data from 1,993 Mechanical Turk participants to examine the relations between DAMs and mate retention, and whether these relations were mediated by the perceived risk of partner infidelity. In line with predictions, frequency of DAMs positively predicted general mate retention and cost-inflicting mate retention through the perceived risk of partner infidelity. In line with our nondirectional prediction, we also found that frequency of DAMs negatively predicted benefit-provisioning mate retention behaviors. In an exploratory mediation analysis of DAMs on benefit-provisioning mate retention via perceived partner infidelity, we surprisingly found that DAMs negatively predicted benefit-provisioning behavior due to the perceived risk of partner infidelity, suggesting that DAMs-but not benefit-provisioning mate retention-are deployed under the threat of partner infidelity. Overall, these findings suggest that DAMs might belong to a greater repertoire of mate retention (especially cost-inflicting) behaviors to thwart the possibility of partner infidelity. SN - 1474-7049 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31409128/Deceptive_Affectionate_Messages:_Mate_Retention_Deployed_Under_the_Threat_of_Partner_Infidelity_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -