Parent-offspring conflict over the age of prospective spouses

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Menelaos Apostolou
Cite this article:  Apostolou, M. (2009). Parent-offspring conflict over the age of prospective spouses. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 37(10), 1305-1306.


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Parents and their offspring are not genetically identical as, although all of the offspring’s genes come from their parents, not all of the parents’ genes are present in the offspring. The offspring make mate choices which maximize their own fitness, but because the two parties are not genetically identical these choices do not necessarily maximize the genetic fitness of their parents. Thus, conflict will arise between parents and offspring over the offspring’s mating decisions, as they present each party with unequal benefits (Apostolou, 2008; Buunk, Park, & Dubbs, 2008).

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: Menelaos Apostolou, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Nicosia, 46 Makedonitissas Ave., 1700 Nicosia, Cyprus. Phone: +357 22841500; Fax: +357 22357481; Email: [email protected]

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