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ERIC Number: EJ778754
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0273-2297
Evolution and Development of Boys' Social Behavior
Geary, David C.; Byrd-Craven, Jennifer; Hoard, Mary K.; Vigil, Jacob; Numtee, Chattavee
Developmental Review, v23 n4 p444-470 Dec 2003
An evolutionary analysis of the dynamics of one-on-one and coalitional male-male competition provides a theoretical frame for conceptualizing the evolved functions and proximate developmental forms of the social behavior of boys, and for appreciating why the behavior of boys differs from that of girls. We propose the accompanying selection pressures favored the evolution of motivational and behavioral dispositions in boys and men that facilitate the development and maintenance of large, competitive coalitions and result in the formation of within-coalition dominance hierarchies. Empirical research on boys' social development is reviewed using this frame and implications for interpreting boys' social behavior are explored.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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