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Moving Beyond Self-InterestPerspectives from Evolutionary Biology, Neuroscience, and the Social Sciences$
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Stephanie L. Brown, R. Michael Brown, and Louis A. Penner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195388107

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388107.001.0001

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Parental Investment in Caregiving Relationships

Parental Investment in Caregiving Relationships

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9 Parental Investment in Caregiving Relationships
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Moving Beyond Self-Interest
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Daphne B. Bugental

David A. Beaulieu

Randy Corpuz

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388107.003.0046

We address some of the issues involved in parental provision of care to at-risk children. Applying a bio-economic model, we discuss the ways that caregiving varies as an interactive function of (1) parental access to resources and (2) early cues to children’s later health and reproductive success. Our focus is on the provision of care to children whose birth history normatively places them at risk for later health, behavioral, and/or cognitive problems. We extend past evolutionary perspectives to demonstrate the circumstances under which mothers will show an exceptionally high level of investment in such children. Making use of a randomized controlled trials design, we document the ways an early intervention leads to increased maternal investment and better health outcomes for their at-risk infants.

Keywords:   parental investment, caregiving, high risk children

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