Dominance-Popularity Status, Behavior, and the Emergence of Sexual Activity in Young Adolescents

de Bruyn, Eddy H.; Cillessen, Antonius H. N.; Weisfeld, Glenn E.
April 2012
Evolutionary Psychology;2012, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p296
Academic Journal
In this paper, we investigated the sexual activity levels of several subtypes of middle adolescents (age 14-15 years). The subtype profiles were based on dominance-popularity status and a range of behaviors associated with dominance and popularity. In addition, gender differences in behavioral profiles were examined among dominant-popular, sexually active young adolescents. Results showed that socially dominant and popular young adolescent boys who exhibited a highly aggressive profile were more sexually active than their low-status and non-aggressive male peers; dominant-popular girls who were very attractive and gossips were more sexually active than their female peers. The results are discussed from an evolutionary psychological framework.


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