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Family Relationships: An Evolutionary Perspective

Catherine A. Salmon and Todd K. Shackelford


Kinship ties — the close relationships found within the family — have been a central focus of evolutionary biological analyses of social behavior ever since biologist William Hamilton extended the concept of Darwinian fitness to include an individual's actions benefiting not only his own offspring, but also collateral kin. Evolutionary biologists consider organisms not only reproductive strategists, but also nepotistic strategists. If a person's genes are just as likely to be reproduced in her sister as in her daughter, then we should expect the evolution of sororal investment in the same way ... More

Keywords: kinship, evolutionary psychology, fitness, parental investment, evolved strategists, social interaction, information processing

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195320510
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320510.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine A. Salmon, editor
University of Redlands
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Todd K. Shackelford, editor
Florida Atlantic University

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Part I Introduction and Overview

1 Toward an Evolutionary Psychology of the Family

Catherine A. Salmon, and Todd K. Shackelford

PART II Parent–Child Relationships

4 Life Transitions: Becoming a Parent

Sarah E. Johns, and Jay Belsky

5 Maternal Investment

Heidi Keller, and Athanasios Chasiotis

6 Evolution of Fatherhood

David C. Geary

7 Parent–Offspring Conflict

Catherine A. Salmon

8 Birth Order

Frank J. Sulloway

Part III Other Family Relationships

9 Evolutionary Perspectives on Sibling Relationships

Richard L. Michalski, and Harald A. Euler

11 Grandparental and Extended Kin Relationships

Harald A. Euler, and Richard L. Michalski

Part IV Applications to Specific Issues

13 Temperament as a Biological Mechanism for Mate Choice: A Hypothesis and Preliminary Data

Helen E. Fisher, Heide D. Island, Marchalik Daniel, and Rich Jonathan

14 Twin Research: Evolutionary Perspective on Social Relations

Nancy L. Segal, Kevin A. Chavarria, and Joanne Hoven Stohs

Part V Conclusions and Future Directions

End Matter