The algebra of fatherhood

Open access

Abstract

Whereas women are sure of their biological maternity, men can never be fully certain of paternity and instead need to rely on indirect cues to assess whether they are likely to be father of their putative children. According to the psychological literature, men commonly use the information on the resemblance of offspring to self as an indicator of genetic relatedness. It seems, however, that in the absence of such a resemblance, similarity between a mother and a child might be important, because a man has additional reason to doubt his own biological paternity when the child is dissimilar to his partner. This assumption has been verified in two empirical studies.

Alexander, R.D. (1974). The evolution of social behavior. Annual Reviewof Ecology and Systematics, 5, 325-383.

Apicella, C.L., & Marlowe, F.W. (2004). Perceived mate fidelity and paternal resemblance predict men’s investment in children. Evolutionand Human Behavior, 25, 371-378.

Apicella, C.L., & Marlowe, F.W. (2007). Men’s reproductive investment decisions. Mating, parenting, and self-perceived mate value. HumanNature, 18, 22-34.

Burch, R.L., & Gallup, G.G. (2000). Perceptions of paternal resemblance predict family violence. Evolution and Human Behavior, 21, 429-435.

Buss, D.M., & Schmitt, D.P. (1993). Sexual strategies theory: An evolutionary perspective on human mating. Psychological Review, 100, 204-232.

Dolinska, B. (2013). Resemblance and investment in children. InternationalJournal of Psychology, 48, 285-290. DOI:10.1080/00207594.2011.645482.

Daly, M., & Wilson, M. (1982). Evolutionary psychology and family homicide. Science, 242, 519-524.

Geary, D.C. (2000). Evolution and proximate expression of human paternal investment. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 55-77.

Heijkoop, M., Dubas, J.S., & van Anken, M.A.G. (2009). Parent-child resemblance and kin investment: Physical resemblance or personal similarity? European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 6, 64-69.

McLain, D.K., Setters, D., Moulton, M.P., & Pratt, A.E. (2000). Ascription of resemblance of newborns by parents and nonrelatives. Evolutionand Human Behavior, 21, 11-23.

Polish Psychological Bulletin

The Journal of Committee for Psychological Sciences of Polish Academy of Sciences

Journal Information


CiteScore 2016: 0.33

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2016: 0.185
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2016: 0.258

Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 147 147 8
PDF Downloads 55 55 2