Parental Investment and Parent-offspring Conflict

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Parental Investment and Parent-offspring Conflict

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Department/School

Psychology

Abstract/Excerpt

Many species do not engage in parental care (Alcock, 2001). Part of the reason is that parental care is costly. By investing in offspring, parents lose out on resources that could be devoted to themselves, channeled toward securing a larger territory, finding additional mates, or future offspring. Some parents even risk their own lives in an effort to improve the survival of their offspring. So when we do see parental care, the reproductive benefits must have been great enough to outweigh the costs of providing not only the physical means for survival but also fostering the development of the skills required for success across the lifespan.

Document Type

Chapter

Book Title

The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology

Edition

2nd edition

Editors

David Buss

Publisher

Wiley

Place of Publication

New York, NY

Publication Date

2016

ISBN

1118763998

Keywords

parental investment, parent-offspring conflict, adaptation

Disciplines

Other Psychology | Psychology

Parental Investment and Parent-offspring Conflict

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