Mate Poaching Inventory

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Author of Tool: 

Schmitt, D.P., & Buss, D.M.

Key references: 

Schmitt, D.P., & Buss, D.M. (2001). Human mate poaching: Tactics and temptations for infiltrating existing relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80, 894-917.

Primary use / Purpose: 

Assesses perceptions of costs and benefits of long and short term mate poaching.

Background: 

A critical adaptive problem is that sometimes, desirable mates are already mated and therefore not available in the eligible mating pool. Some researchers have argued, on the basis of analyses of traditional cultures, that in human ancestral conditions, most women became married at or shorty after puberty. This mating context would have severely exasperated the adaptive problem of finding a mate for those who were not already mated, particularly for men. Any degree of polygyny, a possible reoccurring feature of our past, would have further intensified the problem. The authors of this scale call this distinctive dynamic problem of romantic attraction the problem of ‘human mate poaching’. The scale aims to measure this phenomenon.

Psychometrics: 

For information on the reliability of the scale subsets, see article: Schmitt, D.P., & Buss, D.M. (2001). Human mate poaching: Tactics and temptations for infiltrating existing relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80, 894-917.

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Files: 

PDF iconScale and Scoring Instructions

Web link to tool: 

https://homepage.psy.utexas.edu/homepage/Group/BussLAB/measures.htm

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 

https://dx.doi.org/10.13072/midss.644

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