Sex, attachment, and the development of reproductive strategies

  title={Sex, attachment, and the development of reproductive strategies},
  author={Marco Del Giudice},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={1 - 21}
Abstract This target article presents an integrated evolutionary model of the development of attachment and human reproductive strategies. It is argued that sex differences in attachment emerge in middle childhood, have adaptive significance in both children and adults, and are part of sex-specific life history strategies. Early psychosocial stress and insecure attachment act as cues of environmental risk, and tend to switch development towards reproductive strategies favoring current… Expand
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