Parenting Across the Life Span: Biosocial Dimensions

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Jane Beckman Lancaster, Jeanne Altmann, Lonnie R. Sherrod, Alice Rossi
AldineTransaction, Jan 1, 2010 - Social Science - 488 pages

Research on parenting through the life course has developed around two separate approaches. Evolutionary biology provides fresh perspectives from life history theory using behavioral ecology and parental investment theory. At the same time, the social and behavioral sciences integrates research from long-term studies of individual development and from the collection of life histories.

This path-breaking book advances evolutionary, life history research by integrating perspectives of these two approaches into a biosocial science of the life course. It examines parenthood as a commitment extending throughout life and focuses on the impact on parental and child behavior of changes in the timing, distribution, and intensity of parental investment. This perspective is particularly appropriate for research on parenting since the family is the universal human institution within which the bearing and rearing of children has been based and which transmits traditions, beliefs, and values to the young.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Life Span Aspects of Reproduction and Parental Care in Anthropoid Primates
15
Parenthood in Transition From Lineage to Child to SelfOrientation
31
Somatic Aspects of Parent Offspring Interactions
85
A Biosocial Perspective on Paternal Behavior and Involvement
111
Parental Supplements and Surrogates Among Primates CrossSpecies and CrossCultural Comparisons
143
The Watershed Change in ParentalInvestment and FamilyFormation Strategies in the Course of Human Evolution
187
Parent Investment and the Childs Environment
207
Parenthood in Social Transformation
271
Historical Perspectives on the Development of the Family and ParentChild Interactions
295
Demographic Trends in Human Fertility and Parenting Across the Life Span
315
Differential Parental Investment Its Effects on Child Quality and Status Attainment
351
Children in Their Contexts A Goodnessoffit Model
377
Parent Child Relations in Later Life Trends and Gaps in Past Research
405
Parenting Grandparenting and Integenerational Continuity
435
Index
457

Socialization for Parenthood in Sibling Caretaking Societies
237

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