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Running Head: EVOLUTION & SEXUAL STRATEGIES 1 Evolution & Sexual Strategies: Sexual Strategies Theory in Homosexuality Jennifer Carl-Andros Southern New Hampshire University – PSY 530 Milestone One
EVOLUTION & SEXUAL STRATEGIES 2 Abstract This paper examines the classic study of sexual strategies theory, determining why individuals choose their mates based on evolutionary perspectives. These theories are then reexamined in a modern context by reviewing a study of sexual strategies theory as they apply to homosexuality. This milestone delivers summaries of the classic and modern studies to prepare for further research and analysis.
EVOLUTION & SEXUAL STRATEGIES 3 Evolution & Sexual Strategies: Sexual Strategies Theory in Homosexuality Sexual Strategies Theory Sexual strategies theory accepts that humans have developed adaptive problems in the domains of sexuality and procreation. The theory describes these problems and discusses the sexual psychology that has evolved in order to create adaptive solutions. In the classic study of sexual strategies theory, Buss and Schmitt (1993) hypothesized that men and women face different adaptive problems and address these problems using evolved psychological mechanisms. In total, the study explored nine different hypotheses: Because of the lower levels of minimum parental investment incurred by men, short-term mating will represent a larger component of men's sexual strategy than of women's sexual strategy; men have evolved a distinct sexual psychology of short-term mating such that preferences for short-term mates will solve the problem of identifying which women are sexually accessible; men have evolved a distinct sexual psychology of short-term mating such that preferences for short-term mates will solve, in part, the problem of minimizing commitment and investment when pursuing this strategy; men have evolved a distinct sexual psychology of short-term mating such that

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