What Are Some Theories on Mate Selection?


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Theories on mate selection include natural selection and social homogamy. Evolutionary psychologists created the natural selection theory, and sociologists created the social homogamy theory. Each mate selection theory has examples that support it, and many mate selection theories are closely related to one another.

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The natural selection theory states that men ad women both look for the best possible mates in terms of having children and continuing the population. Men do so by looking for women who can create healthy babies, and determine this by a woman's physical attractiveness. Women look for men who can provide for a family.

The social homogamy theory states that men and women look for mates from similar social backgrounds. Couples that follow this theory may have different ethnic backgrounds, but had similar social experiences growing up.

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