Journals Higher Education



Published: 14 September 2007

376 Pages | 5 halftones, 1 line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195320510

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Family Relationships

An Evolutionary Perspective

Edited by Catherine A. Salmon and Todd K. Shackelford

In this volume, leading theorists and researchers illustrate the ways in which an evolutionary perspective can inform our study and understanding of the interactions we group into the category of family relationships. Although some researchers in social psychology appreciate the importance of understanding familial relationships, the majority have suffered from a lack of attention to the qualitatively distinct types of close relationships found within the designation of family. Family psychology is relationship-specific. In other words, humans have evolved specialized mechanisms for processing information and motivating behavior that deal with the distinct demands of being a mate, father, mother, sibling, child, or grandparent. Such an evolutionary perspective on family dynamics can provide insight into our behavior in a way that no other perspective provides. The volume will be of interest to academic researchers in psychology, social work, anthropology, sociology, marriage and family, and animal behavior.


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