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dc.contributor.authorTrouton, Grant Thomas
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-26T18:39:46Z
dc.date.available2013-06-26T18:39:46Z
dc.date.issued2013-06-26
dc.identifier.otherHQ755.85 .T76 2013
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1951/61399
dc.description.abstractAn evolutionary perspective on parental investment suggests that natural selection might have favored mechanisms by which parents can evaluate the likelihood of a given offspring’s chances of successful reproduction. Adopting such a perspective, an online survey-based monetary allocation task was employed to test the hypothesis that parental investment was positively related to likelihood of offspring heterosexuality, such that vignettes describing heterosexual offspring would receive more money than vignettes describing homosexual offspring. Results did not support this hypothesis, as investment in offspring was unrelated to perceived offspring sexual orientation. However, exploratory analyses revealed that increasingly negative attitudes towards lesbians and gays predicted decreased investment in offspring. Such findings could serve to embolden civil rights activists in their struggle for increased LGBT social rights. Future research in this area would benefit from correlational research examining real familial relationships and investment patterns, rather than experimentally simulated relationships, to increase the external validity of findings and to reduce social desirability bias.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectSexual orientation economic aspectsen_US
dc.subjectParenting psychological aspectsen_US
dc.subjectParents of gaysen_US
dc.subjectParental acceptanceen_US
dc.titleFactors influencing parental investment : does parental financial allocation vary as a function of perceived child sexual orientation?en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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