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Brain Gender$
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Melissa Hines

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195188363

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188363.001.1

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Hormones and Parenting

Hormones and Parenting

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Brain Gender

Melissa Hines

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses sex differences in parenting. Animal models of parenting, sex differences in parenting in humans, and social and cultural influences on human parenting are discussed. Some evidence suggests that the hormones of pregnancy may play a role in human parenting or attachment behavior. In addition, the early hormone environment, particularly levels of androgens prenatally, may influence interest in infants. However, given the minimal sex differences in the ability to show parenting behavior in humans and other mammals, and the dramatic impact of socialization, experience, and the current environment on parenting behaviors in primates, it has generally been assumed that the role of hormones, if it exists at all, is relatively minor.

Keywords:   sex differences, human parenting, social influence, cultural influence, animal models, attachment behavior, socialization

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