Intelligence and family marital structure: The case of adolescents from monogamous and polygamous families among bedouin arabs in israel

Salman Elbedour, William M. Bart, Joel Hektner

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Abstract

The levels of intelligence among Bedouin Arab adolescents from monogamous and polygamous families living in the Negev region of Israel were examined. A shortened version of the Raven's Progressive Matrices (RPM) test (S. Elbedour, T. J. Bouchard, & Y. Hur, 1997; J. Raven, J. C. Raven, & J. H. Court, 1998) was used to assess intelligence. There were no significant test score differences between adolescents from monogamous families and adolescents from polygamous families. In addition, participants with 2 mothers tended to have lower RPM scores than those with 3 or 4 mothers, and participants with related parents tended to have lower RPM scores than participants with unrelated parents. One major finding of this study is that polygamous family marital structures tended not to have deleterious effects on the Bedouin Arab adolescents' RPM test scores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-110
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Volume143
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003

Keywords

  • Bedouin Arab
  • Intelligence
  • Polygamy

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