Mate-selection systems and criteria: variation according to family structure

Journal of Marriage and the Family Vol/Iss. 42(2) National Council on Family Relations Published In Pages: 319-326
By Lee, Gary R., Stone, Lorene Hemhill


This article examines the relationships between family structure, type of mate-selection system, and romantic love as a basis for mate-selection. Analysis indicates that autonomous mate selection is more common in societies with nuclear family structure and neolocal residence patterns. Romantic love as a basis for mate selection is also more common with nuclear family organization, but it is negatively associated with neolocal residence patterns.

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