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Parenting–An Introduction
Parenting–an introduction
Evolution

Procreation is the core, irreducible process on which the survival of the species depends. Survival is commonly accepted as the main, overarching goal of much behaviour. However, procreation is no use if offspring do not survive. To ensure survival is the chief task of parenting (Potts and Short, 1999). The human infant is a particularly vulnerable creature, unable to look after itself until well into its middle childhood. In complex modern societies, the need for parental ...

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