Do Slower Life History Strategies Reduce Sociodemographic Sex Differences?

  • Cindy Elizabeth Chavarria Minera (University of Arizona)
  • Aurelio José Figueredo (University of Arizona)
  • Laura Gail Lunsford (University of Arizona)


This study examines the relations between sociodemographic sex differences and life history strategies in the populations of Mexican States. Sex differences in anatomy and behavior was measured with traits such as educational achievement, mortality, and morbidity. The data were obtained from the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI) and sampled from thirty-one Mexican states and the Federal District (N = 32). An extension analysis was performed selecting only the sex ratio variables that had a correlation with the slow Life History factor greater than or equal to an absolute value of .25. A unit-weighted sex ratio factor was created using these variables. Across 32 Mexican states, the correlation between latent slow life history and sex ratio was .57 (p < .05). These results are consistent with our hypothesis that slower life histories favor reduced sexual dimorphism in physiology and behavior among human subnational populations. The results of the study further understanding of variations in population sex differences, male-biased behaviors toward sexual equality, and the differences among subnational (regional) populations within the United States of Mexico.

Keywords: Life history theory, Mexican states, sexual dimorphism, sex differences

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Published on
19 Jan 2015
Peer Reviewed