The Frequency of Some Aspects of Mate Poaching and Their Relationships with Sociosexuality

Petra Grundler, Igor Kardum, Jasna Hudek-Knezevic


The aim of this study was to examine gender differences in
attempts and successes of short-term poaching of someone
else's sexual partner, the frequency of being a target of short-
-term poaching and the success of one's own short-term
poaching attempts as well as the frequency of being a victim
of short-term poaching of one's own sexual partner.
Furthermore, the relationships between different aspects of
poaching experiences and sociosexuality in women and men
were also examined. The study was carried out on a sample
of 819 university students. The results showed that men
attempted to poach someone else's sexual partner for a
short-term relationship more often than women. A similar
number of women and men reported to be somewhat
successful when poaching someone else's partner, but
women more often than men reported to be quite successful.
Furthermore, a similar number of women and men reported
that someone tried to poach them for a short-term
relationship. However, significantly more women reported to
be a frequent target of poaching, while men reported that
they were poached more easily than women. Women
reported to have been more often than men in a romantic
relationship and more often with a partner who had
attracted them while they had been in another relationship.
Sociosexuality is similarly related to different poaching
experiences in women and men, and more with poaching
attempts than with its success. The results obtained were
explained by evolutionary theories of reproductive behavior.


poaching; short-term relationship; sociosexuality; evolutionary theory

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