Fatherhood Evolution And Human Paternal Behavior By Peter B. Gray And Kermyt G. Anderson

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Fatherhood Evolution and Human Paternal Behavior is a book written by Peter B. Gray and Kermyt G. Anderson.
The book explored different aspects of fatherhood from evolutionary and cultural perspectives. It discusses the role of fathers across different cultures and how the socio economics and mating variations determine men’s parental care and the decision to produce a certain number of children. The book presents evidence on how fatherhood alters a man’s life. The psychological and sexual changes men go through after becoming a father and how it may positively and negatively affect his life. Looking at both marriage and divorce the authors discuss differences in men and women’s preferences regarding marriage; men prefer good looks in their partner while women want a strong and capable provider. The authors argue that marriage is an important part of fatherhood because a long term union gives a greater chance to reproduce and not having children can negatively affects a marriage. The book discusses in detail the positive effects of fathers on a child’s health, behavior and cognitive development. Father’s absence can result in negative outcomes for children as they may develop behavior problems later in their lives. Fathers’ involvement/investment in children decreases after divorce which points out that fathers may have invested in a form of mating investment rather than for the benefits of children. The book also discussed the relationship of stepfathers and stepchildren…

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