Beyond the “Cinderella effect”

  title={Beyond the “Cinderella effect”},
  author={R. L. Burgess and A. A. Drais},
  journal={Human Nature},
A central thesis of this paper is that understanding the nature of child maltreatment is so complex that no one disciplinary specialty is likely to be sufficient for the task. Although life history theory is the guiding principle for our analysis, we argue that an evolutionary explanation adds precision by incorporating empirical findings originating from the fields of anthropology; clinical, developmental, and social psychology; and sociology. Although evolutionary accounts of child… Expand
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  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association
  • 2006
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  • Medicine
  • Evolution and human behavior : official journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society
  • 2001
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