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Why do Finnish men marry Thai women but Finnish women marry British men?: Cross-national marriages in a modern, industrialized society exhibit sex-dimorphic sexual selection according to primordial selection pressures
Ulster Institute for Social Research, London, UK.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5366-1169
2017 (English)In: Evolutionary Psychological Science, ISSN 2198-9885, Vol. 3, no 1, 1-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Abstract Male and female Finns who contracted crossnationalmarriages had spouses from very different countries.We tested the possibility that this might reflect sexual selection,with nationality being a proxy for certain kinds of socialstatus. It is predicted from evolutionary theory that femalestend to sexually select for status to a greater extent than domales, who rather select for youth and beauty. Across the 36out of 161 countries of origin for which there were sufficientnumbers of immigrant spouses, we found that the ratio ofwives from richer countries to Finnish husbands was less than1, which was, consistent with the hypothesis, which was alsothe case for the ratio of husbands from poorer countries toFinnish wives. A few exceptions to this general pattern couldplausibly be explained by particular circumstances regardingthese countries. A careful consideration of alternative explanationsdid not render any one more convincing than the proposeddimorphic pattern of inherited mate preferences.

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Springer Nature , 2017. Vol. 3, no 1, 1-9 p.
Keyword [en]
Finland, Cross-national, Cross-cultural, Marriage, Multicultural, Sexual selection, Mating, Mate preferences
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-129451DOI: 10.1007/s40806-016-0068-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-129451DiVA: diva2:1060629
Available from: 2016-12-29 Created: 2016-12-29 Last updated: 2017-03-09Bibliographically approved

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