The Effect Of Environmental Cues On Reproductive Timing

Alejandra Isabel Garcia, Wayne State University


The present study investigates how different dimensions of environmental stress during childhood might interact with present environmental cues to influence women’s preferences for earlier reproduction. It was hypothesized that those who experienced lower childhood SES, and/or higher childhood adversity would report earlier ages of reproductive timing when exposed to the sound of a ticking clock. One hundred and sixty-nine heterosexual female participants completed the survey in exchange for course credit. Multiple regressions were used to predict reproductive timing from childhood SES (harshness), childhood adversity (unpredictability), experimental condition. The present null findings did not support the hypotheses. Future research should focus on addressing methodological issues.