Sexual strategies theory: an evolutionary perspective on human mating.

  title={Sexual strategies theory: an evolutionary perspective on human mating.},
  author={David M. Buss and David P Schmitt},
  journal={Psychological review},
  volume={100 2},
This article proposes a contextual-evolutionary theory of human mating strategies. Both men and women are hypothesized to have evolved distinct psychological mechanisms that underlie short-term and long-term strategies. Men and women confront different adaptive problems in short-term as opposed to long-term mating contexts. Consequently, different mate preferences become activated from their strategic repertoires. Nine key hypotheses and 22 predictions from Sexual Strategies Theory are outlined… 

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