Developmental Optimization

Darcia Narvaez and Tracy R. Gleason

in Evolution, Early Experience and Human Development

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199755059
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979479 | DOI:
Developmental Optimization

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Informed by Darwin's description of the “moral sense,” this chapter addresses the characteristics of early life experience for young children as identified by the anthropologists for the environment of evolutionary adaptedness as part of social mammalian evolution (extensive breastfeeding, nearly constant touch, prompt response to needs, multiple adult caregivers and maternal social support, free play in nature, natural childbirth). The chapter examines how these characteristics may or may not be fundamental for optimal moral functioning.

Keywords: morality; moral development; child development; parenting; evolution

Chapter.  8685 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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