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Deadbeat Dads: Evolutionary Perspectives on Providing Child Support

Todd K. Shackelford, Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford, David P. Schmitt and Catherine A. Salmon

in The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396706
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195396706.013.0019

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Deadbeat Dads: Evolutionary Perspectives on Providing Child Support

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This chapter begins by highlighting the sociological, macrolevel focus of previous work on the determinants of child support payments. We then highlight the value of addressing these issues from a psychological perspective. We argue that research and policy will benefit by embracing an explicitly evolutionary psychological perspective. We present several evolutionary hypotheses regarding the determinants of child support payments and discuss how previous research informs these hypotheses. Finally, we review proposed solutions for increasing men’s compliance with child support orders. We conclude that an evolutionary perspective can inform not only research on the determinants of child support payments, but also the social policies that might increase the reliability with which these payments are made.

Keywords: child support; sex differences; divorce; paternal investment; resource allocation

Article.  9486 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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