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dc.contributor.authorBatres, Carlota
dc.contributor.authorPerrett, David I.
dc.identifier.citationBatres , 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 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 242358366
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 17d355db-9181-4f24-a27f-39b8428fe101
dc.identifier.otherBibtex: urn:ab6d44225c9f7b8c31067febec249122
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85009279512
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000377364800001
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-6025-0939/work/64360963
dc.description.abstractOne 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.
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dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.titleEarly menarche is associated with preference for masculine male faces and younger preferred age to have a first childen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
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