Bride theft and raiding for wives in cross-cultural perspective

Anthropological Quarterly Vol/Iss. 71 Published In Pages: 238-252
By Ayres, Barbara


"Bride theft represents a delayed and displaced acting out of the Oedipal conflict. Such conflict should be maximized in societies where the probablility of mother-infant seduction was high (mother-child households and mother-infant sleeping arrangements) and where the child's competition with the father was most intense (high father involvement in caretaking)" (248)


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Fisher’s exact testSupportedp<.05UNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Bride TheftDependentMode Of Marriage
Father's RoleIndependentFamily Relationships
Mother And Infant Sleeping ArrangementsIndependentInfant Care