Social Inequalities, Family Relationships, and Child Health

Social Inequalities, Family Relationships, and Child Health,10.1007/978-1-4419-7361-0_14,Mark V. Flinn

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Humans are extraordinarily social creatures. We evolved large brains with a unique suite of abilities, including empathy, consciousness, and language. Our sociocognitive adaptations involve complex integration of neurological (brain) and neuroendocrine (hormone) systems. We are just beginning to understand the genetics that underpin these core aspects of the human psyche. In this chapter, my goal is to develop ideas from evolutionary biology about how and why family environment affects child development that can be integrated with emerging new opportunities in genetic studies. I suggest potential links with stress endocrinology, illustrated with empirical examples from my long-term study of child health in a rural community on the island of Dominica.
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    • ...Results indicate that parenting is of paramount importance in many domains of child development, including physiology, growth, morbidity, and social skills (Decker & Flinn, 2011 Flinn, 2010a, b; Flinn & England, 1997 Flinn & Leone, 2006 Flinn et al, 1999; Flinn et al, 2005b; Nepomnschy & Flinn, 2009) We are interested in collaborative efforts that provide comparisons with other cultures to assess similarities and differences in parenting behavior (Walker et al, 2010, 2011), and stress response (Vigil et al, 2009; Vigil, Geary, Granger, & Flinn, 2010)...

    Mark V. Flinnet al. Hormones in the Wild: Monitoring the Endocrinology of Family Relations...

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