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Altruism Among Romantic Partners: Offspring as Genetic Bridge Between Altruist and Recipient

Poster Session I - Board: I- 118
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Back Bay Ballroom

Carey J. Fitzgerald
Central Michigan University

Matthew Thompson
Central Michigan University

Mitchell B. Whitaker
Central Michigan University

In life-threatening situations, romantic partners with a shared genetic interest (i.e., a biological child) indicated similar altruistic tendencies toward each other and toward siblings, which were both greater than altruistic tendencies toward partners with non-genetic offspring (i.e., an adopted child) and partners with no offspring – supporting the kin selection theory.

Subject Area: Personality/Social
Keywords: Other

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