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Title: Family Matters: Rethinking the Psychology of Human Social Motivation
Authors: Ko, Ahra
Pick, Cari M.
Kwon, Jung Yul
Barlev, Michael
Krems, Jaimie Arona
Varnum, Michael E. W.
Neel, Rebecca
Peysha, Mark
Boonyasiriwat, Watcharaporn
Brandstatter, Eduard
Crispim, Ana Carla
Cruz, Julio Eduardo
David, Daniel
David, Oana A.
de Felipe, Renata Pereira
Fetvadliev, Velichko H.
Fischer, Ronald
Galdi, Silvia
Galindo, Oscar
Golovina, Galina
Gomez-Jacinto, Luis
Graf, Sylvie
Grossmann, Igor
Gül, Pelin
Hamamura, Takeshi
Han, Shihui
Hitokoto, Hidefumi
Hrebickova, Martina
Johnson, Jennifer Lee
Karl, Johannes A.
Malanchuk, Oksana
Murata, Asuka
Na, Jinkyung
Jiaqing, O.
Rizwan, Muhammed
Roth, Eric
Salgado Salgado, Sergio Antonio
Samoylenko, Elena
Savchenko, Tatyana
Sevinçer, A. Timur
Stanciu, Adrian
Suh, Eunkook M.
Talhelm, Thomas
Uskul, Ayşe K.
Uz, İrem
Zambrano, Danilo
Kenrick, Douglas T.
Keywords: interpersonal relations
evolutionary psychology
Issue Date: Jan-2020
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc.
Source: Ko, A., Pick, C. M., Kwon, J. Y., Barlev, M., Krems, J. A., Varnum, M. E., ... & Crispim, A. C. (2020). Family matters: Rethinking the psychology of human social motivation. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 15(1), 173-201.
Abstract: What motives do people prioritize in their social lives? Historically, social psychologists, especially those adopting an evolutionary perspective, have devoted a great deal of research attention to sexual attraction and romantic-partner choice (mate seeking). Research on long-term familial bonds (mate retention and kin care) has been less thoroughly connected to relevant comparative and evolutionary work on other species, and in the case of kin care, these bonds have been less well researched. Examining varied sources of data from 27 societies around the world, we found that people generally view familial motives as primary in importance and mate-seeking motives as relatively low in importance. Compared with other groups, college students, single people, and men place relatively higher emphasis on mate seeking, but even those samples rated kin-care motives as more important. Furthermore, motives linked to long-term familial bonds are positively associated with psychological well-being, but mate-seeking motives are associated with anxiety and depression. We address theoretical and empirical reasons why there has been extensive research on mate seeking and why people prioritize goals related to long-term familial bonds over mating goals. Reallocating relatively greater research effort toward long-term familial relationships would likely yield many interesting new findings relevant to everyday people’s highest social priorities.
ISSN: 1745-6916
Appears in Collections:Psikoloji Bölümü / Department of Psychology
Scopus İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / Scopus Indexed Publications Collection
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