Parental monitoring, sensitivity towards parents, and a child's mate choice

Dubbs, Shelli L., Buunk, Abraham P. and Li, Jessica (2012) Parental monitoring, sensitivity towards parents, and a child's mate choice. Personal Relationships, 19 4: 712-722. doi:10.1111/j.1475-6811.2011.01388.x

Author Dubbs, Shelli L.
Buunk, Abraham P.
Li, Jessica
Title Parental monitoring, sensitivity towards parents, and a child's mate choice
Journal name Personal Relationships   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1350-4126
Publication date 2012-12
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2011.01388.x
Volume 19
Issue 4
Start page 712
End page 722
Total pages 11
Place of publication Malden, MA, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This study investigated gender differences in parental monitoring and sensitivity toward parents and the extent to which these measures can influence children’s mate preferences. In 2 samples (the United States and the Netherlands), females reported experiencing higher levels of parental monitoring and being more sensitive toward their parents’ feelings regarding mate choice (e.g., being more upset if their parents did not approve of their partner)than males. Individuals displaying higher sensitivity toward parents rated parental investment and cooperation, and to a lesser extent genetic quality, as being more important in a potential mate than individuals lower in sensitivity toward parents. The level of parental monitoring did not significantly predict the importance of parental investment and cooperation or genetic quality in a potential mate.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 22 December 2011.

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