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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Perceived Parental Investment and the Development of Future Parental Investment

Parental investment is the time and effort invested in offspring to enhance their survival at the cost of the existing offspring, future reproduction, or the parents’ survival. For humans, the development of a large brain subjects them to a longer period of vulnerability than other species. Recent research has shown that variability of investment by the parents has implications for the offspring’s developmental outcomes (e.g., parents offering a high investment tend to have children who are more self-confident). However it is not only the parents’ investment, but the perception that children have regarding the investment that determine its influence. To ascertain how young adults evaluated this investment, a measure was created to measure offspring’s beliefs about the extent of their parent’s investment. After the surveys were administered online to 146 participants, factor analysis was utilized to identify the related items. The associations between the constructed scale and various developmental outcomes were then examined.

Presenters: Joseph Coleman (Undergraduate Student)
Amanda Hoock (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 211 Holmes
Time: 3 pm (Session IV)