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Alean Al-Krenawi & Vered Slonim-Nevo

In: Handbook for Working with Children and Youth: Pathways to Resilience across Cultures and Contexts

Chapter 17: Psychosocial Functioning of Children from Monogamous and Polygamous Families: Implications for Practice

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Psychosocial Functioning of Children from Monogamous and Polygamous Families: Implications for Practice
Psychosocial functioning of children from monogamous and polygamous families: Implications for practice
AleanAl-KrenawiVeredSlonim-Nevo
Polygamy and Lhe Well-Being of Children

Polygamy is defined as “a marital relationship involving multiple wives” (Kottak, 1978, cited in Low, 1988, p. 189). Polygamy may serve as a reproductive strategy by which men increase the number of their offspring but reduce the level of investment in each child (White, 1988). In addition, polygamy can be practical economically by increasing the family's labor force as well as its power and prestige (Ware, 1979). Therefore, polygamy is often found in social systems in which human resources are particularly important in contrast to other resources, such as land and private property. When the latter are ...

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