Evolutionary perspectives on father involvement

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Waynforth, D. (2013). Evolutionary perspectives on father involvement. In N.J. Cabrera & C.S. Tamis-LeMonda (Eds.). Handbook of father involvement: Multidisciplinary perspectives (pp. 22-36) NY: Routledge.

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Extract The crux of evolutionary approaches to variation in paternal involvement is quite straight forward: evolutionary theorists attempt to understand and predict variation in paternal involvement based on the premise that men will provide a level of paternal involvement which maximizes their reproductive success. Any genetically influenced paternal trait which does not maximize genetic contribution to future generations will occur less and less frequently with the passing of generations.

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