The Truth about Cinderella: A Darwinian View of Parental Love

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Yale University Press, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 68 pages
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A child is one hundred times more likely to be abused or killed by a stepparent than by a genetic parent, say two scientists in this startling book. Martin Daly and Margo Wilson show that the mistreatment of stepchildren, long a staple of folk tales, has a solid basis in fact; Daly and Wilson apply the perspective of evolutionary psychology to investigate why stepparenthood is different from genetic parenthood and why steprelationships succeed or fail.
  

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Why do we love our children? Why do we love our children more than other people's children? How does this affect parenting and step-parenting relationships? The authors are two of the founders of evolutionary psychology, and this is short and sweet summary of some of their research on parental and step-parental homicide. A good summary of some excellent evolutionary psychological research. Don't rely on others' presentations of it, whether positive or negative... for some reason this material is often misrepresented and misquoted by fans and critics alike. Read it yourself and get it straight from the experts... it's well-written and only takes an hour or so, so it's well worth it. 

Contents

Folk Tales i
1
Behaving Like Animals
8
Human Stepfamilies
18
The Truth about Cinderella
26
Parental Priorities
37
Cinderella Denied
47
Living in Step
60
Suggestions for Further Reading
67
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Martin Daly is professor of psychology at McMaster University. His other writings (which he co-authored with Margo Wilson) include Sex, Evolution, and Behaviour, and The Truth About Cinderella: A Darwinian View of Parental Love.

Margo Wilson (1942-2009) was professor of psychology at McMaster University. She was former editor-in-chief of Evolution and Human Behavior and former president of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society.

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