Early menarche is associated with preference for masculine male faces and younger preferred age to have a first child
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One developmental factor that is associated with variation in reproductive strategy is pubertal timing. For instance, women who experience earlier menarche have their first pregnancy earlier and prefer more masculinized male voices. Early menarche may also lead to preferences for masculine faces, but no study has shown such a link. We therefore investigated the relationships between pubertal timing, reproductive plans, sexual attitudes and behaviors, and masculinity preferences in nulliparous women aged 18–30 from the United Kingdom (N = 10,793). We found that women who experienced earlier menarche reported a younger preferred age to have a first child and showed stronger masculinity preferences. This provides evidence that women experiencing early menarche not only have children earlier but notably plan to have children earlier. Additionally, our findings provide evidence that age of menarche influences partner selection, which is instrumental for the implementation of reproductive strategies.
Batres , C & Perrett , D I 2016 , ' Early menarche is associated with preference for masculine male faces and younger preferred age to have a first child ' Evolutionary Psychology , vol. 14 , no. 2 , pp. 1-8 . DOI: 10.1177/1474704916637876
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