Desirability of Individuals with Children
- Dear all,
I was reading that in many primate species, males prefer a partner who
has some experience raising children. This makes me wonder if there is
human data on the relative desirability as a mate of an individual who
already has children. I had assumed that it would be lower than one
without, but I am looking for data. Also, is there a sex difference in
University of Alabama at Birmingham
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It appears that having children is something of a
negative in respect to marriage prospects and much
more so for women than men. This conclusion was drawn
by Leslie Buckle in her research concerning remarriage
following divorce. Women with children from a
previous marriage find it very hard to remarry but men
do not (possibly reflecting costodial arrangements).
Sorry to take so long in answering this.
Beckle, L., et al. (1996). Marriage as a reproductive
contract. Ethology and Sociobiology, 17, 363-377.
--- Christopher A Robinson <JinxCAR@...> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I was reading that in many primate species, males
> prefer a partner who
> has some experience raising children. This makes me
> wonder if there is
> human data on the relative desirability as a mate of
> an individual who
> already has children. I had assumed that it would be
> lower than one
> without, but I am looking for data. Also, is there a
> sex difference in
> this regard?
> Christopher Robinson
> University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Borgerhoff Mulder (1988) found that women with children yielded lower brideprice among the Kipsigis and were more likely to be beaten by husbands than werer women without children.
Borgerhoff Mulder, M. (1988). Kipsigis bridewealth payments. In L.L. Betzig, M. Borgerhoff Mulder and P.W. Turke, eds. Human Reproductive Behaviour. University of Cambridge Press, Cambridge, pp. 65-82.