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Biopsychosocial Approaches To Transactional Sex

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Traditionally defined, transactional sex (e.g., prostitution and sugar relations) is a form of social interaction of two partners. One – usually but not exclusively the male partner – who provides money or other material resources and another – usually but not exclusively the female partner – who provides ...

Traditionally defined, transactional sex (e.g., prostitution and sugar relations) is a form of social interaction of two partners. One – usually but not exclusively the male partner – who provides money or other material resources and another – usually but not exclusively the female partner – who provides direct sexual access or companionship. Due to the above described traditional focus, early evolutionary theories explained transactional sex in terms of higher male sexual arousal and males’ increased interest in sexual variability. However, social, economic, and technological changes in the recent decades might have had an impact on the manifestations of transactional sex (e.g., sugar relations). Moreover, new theories and explanatory models have emerged in evolutionary psychology (e.g., pathogen resistance model, life history theory). These make the analysis and interpretation of transactional sex timely from a complex evolutionary perspective.

This Research Topic is open for manuscripts that offer new models or research findings covering the development, maintenance, and functioning of transactional sex.
Accordingly, topics include, but are not limited to:
• utilizing a new approach for understanding transactional sex,
• studies on intrapsychic (e.g., attitude, motivation, personality), interpersonal (e.g., romantic relationship functioning, attachment), and social (e.g., social pressure, norms, pathogen saturation) levels of transactional sex,
• development of relevant new instruments,
• re-interpreting existing theories or results,
• reporting cross-cultural research,
• presenting transactional sex in non-human research that could extend the understanding of human sexuality.

Because of the complex nature of the challenge, researchers from different fields with an interest in transactional sex are welcome to contribute to this Research Topic, including psychologists, sexologists, sociologists, (paleo)anthropologists, ethologists, primatologists, biologists, and more.

We looking for different types of articles:
Original Research, Brief Research Report, Review, Mini Review, Methods, Hypothesis and Theory


Keywords: transactional sex, sugar relationship, sexual selection, fast life strategies, personality and mating


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20 February 2021 Manuscript
20 March 2021 Manuscript Extension

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20 March 2021 Manuscript Extension

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