Parental choice in children–s minds: exploring personality, sex and age contingencies

Menelaos Apostolou, Marianna Zacharia

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Abstract

Parents have a strong interest in their children's mating behavior, and they impose costs on them when their mate choices deviate from their wishes. As a consequence, evolutionary pressure is exercised on children to adjust their mating behavior in a way that minimizes the retaliation costs from their parents. On this basis, three hypotheses are tested: First, children take into consideration their parents' opinion when they exercise mate choice. Second, daughters are more sensitive than sons over the impact that their mate choices will have on their parents. Finally, personality predicts how sensitive children are to their parents' opinion when they exercise mate choice. Evidence from a study of 311 individuals lends support for all three hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-179
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Influence
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2015

Keywords

  • big-five
  • mate choice
  • parental choice
  • parental influence
  • parental manipulation

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