Life History, Fertility, and Short-Term Mating Motivation

Aekyoung Kim, Hannah Bradshaw, Kristina M. Durante, Sarah E. Hill

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The current research examines the impact of women’s early-life socioeconomic status (SES; used as a proxy measure of life history strategy), relationship status, and ovulatory cycle phase on their desire for short-term mating. Results revealed that during the periovulatory phase (i.e., the high-fertility phase of the monthly ovulatory cycle), single women from low SES environments expressed an increased desire for short-term mating, whereas the opposite was found for single women from high SES environments. No such pattern was found for partnered women. These results suggest that one’s early-life environment and relationship status may play a key role in how women respond to internal fertility cues, providing important new insights into factors that may moderate ovulatory shifts in mating behavior. Results provide some of the first evidence that one’s developmental history may alter the expression of ovulatory cycle adaptations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEvolutionary Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


  • life history theory
  • mating
  • ovulation
  • relationship status
  • short-term mating


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