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Parental Investment Theory

  • By: Gregory D. Webster
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Parental Investment Theory is a biological theory that attempts to explain the dynamic, give-and-take relationships among parents, their offspring, and limited resources. In many species, parents are forced to make a difficult choice between investing in themselves (e.g., survival, ...

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