Evolutionary Explanation to Aggression

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1. What is cuckoldry?

  • Reproductive cost inflicted on a man if he was to parent a child from another man
  • The term used to describe men who cheat
  • The term used when a child is born out of wedlock
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2. What is uroxcide?

  • Wife-killing
  • Wife-beating
  • Sexual Coercion

3. What did Daly et al (1982) find?

  • Sexual jealousy was most common motivation for US domestic disputes in US
  • Sexual jealousy had no influence on aggression
  • Jealousy promoted a stronger bond between the two partners

4. What is an limitation of this theory suggested by Buss & Shakelford (1997)?

  • It isn't broad enough
  • It is just false
  • Men act difffently - some men may used mate-renention, sexual coercion, uroxcide and some may become alcholics
  • Doesn't explain why women live longer than men

5. Why would men beat pregnant women?

  • Terminate the baby and therefore eliminating the potential offspring of a rival
  • Don't want to use their resources
  • Feel that the women's genes are not strong, meaning that the child would not survive due to lack of reproduction


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