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Relation between mating strategies, gender, age and attachment styles


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Knežić, Aleksandra. (2016). Relation between mating strategies, gender, age and attachment styles. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Salkičević, Svjetlana].

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Sociosexual orientation refers to willingness to be in casual sexual relationships. Initially, it was measured as an unidimensional construct which distinguished individuals as restrictive and non- restrictive. If an individual was high on sociosexual non-restrictiveness, the theory implied that he/she would apply short-term mating strategies, while those with high restrictive sociosexuality would apply long-term mating strategy, which are mutually exclusive. The purpose of this research was to discover if those mating strategies are really mutually exclusive as well as if there is a correlation between mating strategies and individual characteristics by applying EMSOI multidimensional questionnaire. The results show that the correlation between preference for a long-term and short-term partnership is low which further implies that they are independent. Further analysed were relationship of mating strategies and previous sexual behavior with regard to gender and attachment styles as well as relationship of mating strategy and previous sexual behavior with regard to age. Results demonstrate that both men and women want both short-term and long-term partners, with men prefering short-term and women prefering long-term mating. Men also report higher number of previous sexual experiences. Insecurely attached individuals prefer short-term mating while safely attached individuals prefer long-term mating; however, insecurely attached individuals report less previous sexual behaviors compared to securely attached individuals.Older individuals are less likely to chose long-term mating strategies and that they have more sexual experience, while short-term strategies are mostly chosen by individuals in their thirties.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: sociosexuality, EMSOI, sex differences, age, attachement
Subjects: Psychology > Evolucijska psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Salkičević, Svjetlana
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 15:03
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2017 15:03

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