High parental investment in childhood is associated with increased mate value in adulthood

Jan Antfolk, Agneta Sjölund

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Stressors in the childhood environment, such as decreased parental investment (PI) regulate an individual's reproductive behaviors. The effect of these behaviors on fitness is partly determined by individual mate value (MV). We tested whether PI during childhood is associated to MV in adulthood. Adult men and women (N = 1244) reported received maternal and paternal investment, and also current MV. We found that high PI in childhood was associated with increased MV in adulthood. Additionally, there was a positive correlation between maternal and paternal investment and the association between paternal investment and MV was mediated through maternal investment. We conclude that PI, especially maternal investment, might influence MV in offspring.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)144–150
Number of pages7
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Life-history theory
  • Paternal investment
  • Maternal investment
  • Sexual strategies
  • Mate value

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