Age preferences in mates reflect sex differences in human reproductive strategies

  title={Age preferences in mates reflect sex differences in human reproductive strategies},
  author={Douglas T. Kenrick and Richard C. Keefe},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={75 - 91}
Abstract The finding that women are attracted to men older than themselves whereas men are attracted to relatively younger women has been explained by social psychologists in terms of economic exchange rooted in traditional sex-role norms. An alternative evolutionary model suggests that males and females follow different reproductive strategies, and predicts a more complex relationship between gender and age preferences. In particular, males' preferences for relatively younger females should be… 

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