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Recent research suggests that the sociocultural perspective has become more prominent than the previously accepted evolutionary perspective of human mate selection (Wood, 1999; Tooby & Cosmides, 1992). Today's women have higher educational attainment and overall higher achievement levels than in the past (Blank & Bansal, 2011; Osava, 2010). The purpose of the current study is to determine if college women exhibit more of a sociocultural or evolutionary approach to their mate selection preferences. Approximately 109 female undergraduates completed the Relationship Preferences Questionnaire, on which they rated 10 attributes of a potential mate on a 6-point scale. Participants' ACT scores and cumulative grade point averages provided measures of aptitude and achievement, respectively. Results of targeted variables showed no significant results associated with academic achievement levels. However compared to past findings, these results support a sociocultural theory of mate selection in women.
Stanish, Natalie A., "Evolutionary vs. Sociocultural Perspectives on Human Mate Selection: The Role of Women's Academic Achievement on Their Need for Financial Stability" (2013). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 48.