Title of Chapter or Poem
Parental Investment and Parent-offspring Conflict
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.
The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology
Place of Publication
New York, NY
parental investment, parent-offspring conflict, adaptation
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