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Daphne B. Bugental, Deborah H. Olster & Gabriela A. Martorell

In: Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations

Chapter 2: A Developmental Neuroscience Perspective on the Dynamics of Parenting

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A Developmental Neuroscience Perspective on the Dynamics of Parenting
A developmental neuroscience perspective on the dynamics of parenting
Daphne B.BugentalDeborah H.OlsterGabriela A.Martorell
Introduction

The focus of this handbook is on the dynamics of parenting. In this chapter, we propose that traditional concerns with dynamic processes in parenting have been incomplete. Consistent with emerging interests in developmental neuroscience and evolutionary psychology, we need to give greater attention to the ways in which and the extent to which the relationships between parents and the young are instantiated and regulated by biological processes.

Considering parenting processes within an evolutionary perspective has received increasing attention (e.g., Daly & Wilson, 1988). Within this framework, parenting processes among humans (and other mammals) were “designed” by our evolutionary history in ways that were adaptive in our ...

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