Mating-effort in adolescence: A conditional or alternative strategy

David C. Rowe, Alexander T. Vazsonyi, Aurelio Jose Figueredo

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

108 Scopus citations


Mating-effort was defined as the psychological effort put forth to obtain and guard short-term mates. Hypotheses were derived that contrasted two views of high mating-effort. In the conditional strategy view, social failure would occur first and lead directly to individuals' adopting high mating-effort tactics. In the alternative strategy view, heritable dispositions would lead individuals to adopt high or low mating-effort tactics. The findings were that (i) social failure could not account for the co-variation of mating-effort and delinquency; (ii) perceived mate value was related to mating-effort only weakly; (iii) high mating-effort individuals were more, not less, sexually active; and (iv) mating-effort was familial. Although not definitive, on the whole these findings favored an alternative strategy over a conditional strategy interpretation of the choice of mating tactics among middle-class adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-115
Number of pages11
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1997

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
*We acknowledge the support of the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (DA06287). tTo whom all correspondence should be addressed.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


Dive into the research topics of 'Mating-effort in adolescence: A conditional or alternative strategy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this