Sex Differences in Attachment Emerge in Middle Childhood : An Evolutionary Hypothesis

  title={Sex Differences in Attachment Emerge in Middle Childhood : An Evolutionary Hypothesis},
  author={Marco Del Giudice and Jay Belsky},
J. Bowlby’s (1969 ⁄1982) theory of attachment, focused as it was on the survival function of attachment behaviors that the ethology of the time emphasized, led to the expectation that there would be no sex differences in patterns of attachment. Modern evolutionary thinking, however, building on insights of life history theory, parental investment theory, and sexual selection, yields an alternative prediction—that adaptive sex differences in attachment should emerge in middle childhood and be… CONTINUE READING


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