When a child dies: the sociobiology of bereavement.

  title={When a child dies: the sociobiology of bereavement.},
  author={C H Littlefield and J. P. Rushton},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={51 4},
According to modern evolutionary theory, the fitness of individuals consists of both their personal reproductive success and the reproductive success of those with whom they share genes in common. It follows that one of the most biologically costly events possible is the death of a child. This study investigated the grief intensity of bereaved parents and their immediate families using ratings made by 263 bereaved parents. Predictions were derived from sociobiological tenets relating to… CONTINUE READING

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