Romantic Love and Family Organization: A Case for Romantic Love as a Biosocial Universal

Evolutionary Psychology Vol/Iss. 4 Sage Publications Published In Pages: 1-13
By de Munck, Victor C., Jennifer, McGreevey


Previous cross-cultural studies of romantic love have, in the authors' view, been plagued by vague definitions of the concept and a conflation of cultural, bio-psychological, and social factors. Thus, the authors distinguish between the social aspect of romantic love (which they argue is a universal human predisposition) and the variable cultural valuation of romance. In a large cross-cultural sample, the authors test the hypotheses that gender equality and family organization are important predictors of the cultural valuation of romantic love.

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