Was that cheating? Perceptions vary by sex, attachment anxiety, and behavior

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dc.creator Kruger, Daniel J.
dc.creator Fisher, Maryanne L.
dc.creator Edelstein, Robin S.
dc.creator Chopik, William J.
dc.creator Fitzgerald, Carey J.
dc.creator Strout, Sarah L.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-09T14:09:27Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-09T14:09:27Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.issn 1474-7049
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/27347
dc.description Publisher's Version/PDF
dc.description.abstract We generated an inventory of 27 interpersonal behaviors and examined the extent to which participants judged each behavior as cheating on a long-term partner. We predicted variation in these judgments based on participant sex and attachment insecurity. Ratings for items ranged considerably; participants rated sexual behaviors as most indicative of cheating, then erotic behaviors, followed by behaviors consistent with a romantic relationship, and then behaviors related to financial support. Women rated ten items higher than did men, and men’s ratings were higher on a minor financial support item. Higher attachment anxiety was associated with higher ratings for 18 of 27 behaviors; higher attachment avoidance was associated with lower scores on five items and higher scores on one item. Principle Axis Factoring identified three dimensions; sexual interaction, behaviors indicating close relationships, and casual social interaction. We discuss these results using the framework of attachment theory and sex-specific mating strategies. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Sage en_CA
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution License
dc.subject.lcsh Adultery
dc.subject.lcsh Sex differences (Psychology)
dc.subject.lcsh Sex (Psychology)
dc.title Was that cheating? Perceptions vary by sex, attachment anxiety, and behavior en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
dcterms.bibliographicCitation Evolutionary Psychology 11(1),159-171. (2013) en_CA


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