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Utilizing Evolutionary Life History Theories in Family Studies



To provide a more holistic view of the family, scholars seek theoretical principles that can bridge and enhance existing paradigms. In this article, we introduce evolutionary life history theory and describe 4 midlevel life history theories (psychosocial acceleration, paternal investment, differential susceptibility, and parent-offspring conflict). These theories will enable family scholars to expand their understanding of contemporary human families from an evolutionary perspective by creating novel research questions that will lead to innovative, interdisciplinary research.