The effects of residential locality on parental and alloparental investment among the Aka foragers of the central African Republic

  title={The effects of residential locality on parental and alloparental investment among the Aka foragers of the central African Republic},
  author={Courtney L Meehan},
  journal={Human Nature},
  • C. Meehan
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • Medicine
  • Human Nature
In this paper I examine the intracultural variability of parental and alloparental caregiving among the Aka foragers of the Central African Republic. It has been suggested that maternal kin offer higher frequencies of allocare than paternal kin and that maternal investment in infants will decrease when alloparental assistance is provided. Behavioral observations were conducted on 15 eight- to twelve-monthold infants. The practice of brideservice and the flexibility of Aka residence patterns… 

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