Mother-infant relations, conflict, stress and illness among free-ranging chimpanzees.

@article{RijtPlooij1988MotherinfantRC,
  title={Mother-infant relations, conflict, stress and illness among free-ranging chimpanzees.},
  author={H H van de Rijt-Plooij and F X Plooij},
  journal={Developmental medicine and child neurology},
  year={1988},
  volume={30 3},
  pages={306-15}
}
In a naturalistic study in the Gombe National Park, Tanzania, five chimpanzee mothers with offspring under 24 months of age were observed. Earlier studies have shown that young chimpanzees pass through distinct periods of developmental reorganization and that these episodes are characterized by regressive behaviour. The episodes in turn trigger changes in the mother and mother-infant conflict, which then lead to the infant developing a new level of independence. Monthly observations were made… CONTINUE READING