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A life history perspective on maternal emotional investments during infancy

Myers, Sarah, Johns, Sarah E. (2018) A life history perspective on maternal emotional investments during infancy. In: EHBEA 2018 Pecs. Abstract Book. . p. 42. ISBN 978-963-429-225-8. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Objective Life history approaches to parental investment have typically highlighted trade-offs humans

Such transfers often occur later in the life of offspring, yet parents make investments in their offspring

reflect an early form of maternal investment. Bonding may also guide long-term investment

bonding to assess whether access to emotional support from allocarers affects maternal emotional

emotional investment is costly.

postpartum. Multiple regression models assessed whether: 1) emotional support positively predicts

resources. Moderation analysis assessed whether 3) emotional support acts as a buffer against declines

Results Level of overall emotional support from allocarers positively predicted bonding strength, as did

bonding strength and time taken to bond, while support from the father’s family negatively predicted

emotional intelligence; level of overall support received moderated a variety of dimensions of this

Conclusions Maternal emotional investments appear contingent on circumstance, with bonding

emotional investments in association with higher support from friends and kin, but may offset costs

when support is available from their infant’s paternal kin.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: Maternal investment, mother-infant bonding, life history trade-offs, allomothers
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biological Anthropology
Depositing User: Sarah Johns
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2018 18:23 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 09:49 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/70919 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Johns, Sarah E.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7715-7351
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