Sociosexual Development: Infusing the Belsky, Steinberg, and Draper Model with Sexual Selection

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/196156
Title:
Sociosexual Development: Infusing the Belsky, Steinberg, and Draper Model with Sexual Selection
Author:
Jackson, Jenee James
Issue Date:
2010
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Life history theory attempts to explain between- and within-species variation in maturational and reproductive patterns, whereas sexual selection attempts to explain between- and within-sex differences in intersexual mate choice and intrasexual competition for members of the opposite sex. These two expansive evolutionary theories have been used by developmental scientists and social/personality psychologists to explain the variation observed in human reproduction, including the timing of reproductive events and individual differences in orientation toward mating and parenting. In Part I of the following paper, I review research related to life history theory and sexual selection in humans. I then show how integrating the principles of sexual selection with life history models of human reproductive strategies can address existing limitations. In Part II, I empirically examine many of the unique propositions that emerge from theoretical integration using a longitudinal dataset on adolescent development. Under investigation is an expanded model of sociosexual development that incorporates key principles from Belsky, Steinberg, and Draper's (BSD) psychosocial theory and sexual selection theory. I specifically examine the role of early rearing conditions within the home, as specified by BSD, and self-perceived mate value, as highlighted by a sexual selection perspective, on timing of sexual debut and sexual risk taking. The current study combines variable-centered and person-centered methods to assess specialized developmental trajectories. In total, the study provides novel support for BSD theory, while also highlighting needed revisions to account for the role of self-perceived mate value on adolescent sexual behavior.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
development; evolution; humans; life history strategies; mating strategies; reproductive strategies
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Family & Consumer Sciences; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Ellis, Bruce J.
Committee Chair:
Ellis, Bruce J.

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dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleSociosexual Development: Infusing the Belsky, Steinberg, and Draper Model with Sexual Selectionen_US
dc.creatorJackson, Jenee Jamesen_US
dc.contributor.authorJackson, Jenee Jamesen_US
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractLife history theory attempts to explain between- and within-species variation in maturational and reproductive patterns, whereas sexual selection attempts to explain between- and within-sex differences in intersexual mate choice and intrasexual competition for members of the opposite sex. These two expansive evolutionary theories have been used by developmental scientists and social/personality psychologists to explain the variation observed in human reproduction, including the timing of reproductive events and individual differences in orientation toward mating and parenting. In Part I of the following paper, I review research related to life history theory and sexual selection in humans. I then show how integrating the principles of sexual selection with life history models of human reproductive strategies can address existing limitations. In Part II, I empirically examine many of the unique propositions that emerge from theoretical integration using a longitudinal dataset on adolescent development. Under investigation is an expanded model of sociosexual development that incorporates key principles from Belsky, Steinberg, and Draper's (BSD) psychosocial theory and sexual selection theory. I specifically examine the role of early rearing conditions within the home, as specified by BSD, and self-perceived mate value, as highlighted by a sexual selection perspective, on timing of sexual debut and sexual risk taking. The current study combines variable-centered and person-centered methods to assess specialized developmental trajectories. In total, the study provides novel support for BSD theory, while also highlighting needed revisions to account for the role of self-perceived mate value on adolescent sexual behavior.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectdevelopmenten_US
dc.subjectevolutionen_US
dc.subjecthumansen_US
dc.subjectlife history strategiesen_US
dc.subjectmating strategiesen_US
dc.subjectreproductive strategiesen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineFamily & Consumer Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorEllis, Bruce J.en_US
dc.contributor.chairEllis, Bruce J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFigueredo, Aurelio Joseen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCard, Noel A.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest11014en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659754959en_US
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