Guarding your mate is a biological phenomenon. And this is common among many different species and can be useful to defend territory, guarantee paternity, or prevent disease. Mate guarding is classified as excessive or unwarranted jealous or protective behaviour towards a spouse or mate. A new study has, however, discovered that this behaviour is more common in societies that practice arranged marriages or in cultures that place a high value on parental influence in the choice of mate for their children. It also found that mate guarding is not an exclusively male phenomenon. Women can be just as forceful in protecting their monogamous relationships. The current findings indicate that the occurrence of mate guarding is more prevalent in Muslim, Indian, Chinese, Turkish, Moroccan, and South Asian societies. "In Western cultures, most husbands do not actively try to prevent contacts between their wife and other men and may even accept a moderate degree of flirting. In contrast, in many Islamic cultures husbands actively prevent even superficial contact between a female member and another man," said lead author A.P. Buunk. "If a male cannot guarantee the paternity of their offspring, they could very well be investing precious resources in another man's offspring. It therefore becomes most important to ensure the fidelity of the female mate," he added. There is considerable evolutionary evidence that in most societies and historical periods, marriage has been at least partly arranged and has been based on a series of familial considerations rather than on the desires of the individuals concerned. In their article, the authors emphasized that the degree in which parents control the mate choice of their children is an important factor in the occurrence of mate guarding. The findings clearly indicate that in cultures and social contexts in which freedom of mate choice is valued highly, the level of mate guarding is relatively low. "If a marriage is not based on choice or love a person is more likely to become jealous over seemingly inconsequential events. This is probably because it is harder to be sure that the other person is in love with you out of their own volition," said Buunk. The study is published in Personal Relationships. (ANI) Source: ANI << Natural Remedy to Bone Disease? Nasal Measles Vaccine Shows Promise >> Recommended Reading Marriage Linked to Major Health Benefits A new report published in the British Medical Journal has suggested that married life provides a number of health benefits READ MORE Alcoholism Delays, Breaks Marriages A new study claims that alcohol influences the time it takes to get married, as well as the overall length of the marriage. READ MORE Gay Marriage Law Approved in US The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a law authorizing homosexual marriage in Washington, DC rejecting a challenge from anti-gay activists. READ MORE Why Getting Mad at Your Spouse Can Save a Marriage It may not be a good idea to forgive your spouse for all the mistakes, as those who do are more likely to face additional bad behavior compared to those who stayed angry, suggests a new study. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Drug - Food Interactions Iron Intake Calculator A-Z Drug Brands in India More News on: Sexual Intercourse FactsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?