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Suspicions of female infidelity predict men's partner-directed violence

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 August 2009

Farnaz Kaighobadi
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University, Davie, FL 33314. fkaighob@fau.edutshackel@fau.eduhttp://www.toddkshackelford.com/
Todd K. Shackelford
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University, Davie, FL 33314. fkaighob@fau.edutshackel@fau.eduhttp://www.toddkshackelford.com/

Abstract

Archer's argument regarding sex differences in partner violence rests on a general account of between-sex differences in reproductive strategies and in social roles. However, men's partner-directed violence often is predicted by perceived risk of female infidelity. We hypothesize that men's partner-directed violence is produced by psychological mechanisms evolved to solve the adaptive problem of paternity uncertainty.

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