Is the romantic-sexual kiss a near human universal?

American Anthropologist Vol/Iss. 117(3) Published In Pages: 535-539
By Jankowiak, William, Volsche, Shelly L. , Garcia, Justin R.


The authors examine a world-wide sample of cultures to assess whether the romantic-sexual kiss is a human universal. They also test for an association between romantic-sexual kissing and social complexity.


Sampled 128 eHRAF cultures, 27 SCCS cultures (not in eHRAF), and 13 cultures from personal correspondance.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
eHRAF World CulturesResearchers Own
Standard Cross Cultural Sample (SCCS)Combination
OtherResearchers Ownpersonal correspondance with ethnographers

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