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Study: Sex-Specific Developmental Effects of Father Absence on Casual Sexual Behavior and Life History Strategy

University of Redlands Professors Jessica Hehman and Catherine Salmon recently published their current research, "Sex-Specific Developmental Effects of Father Absence on Casual Sexual Behavior and Life History Strategy," in Evolutionary Psychological Science

Their work addresses the limitations of previous research conducted on the effects of early family environments on the sexual maturity and behavior of adolescents and young adults. The findings of their study suggest the effects of father absence are not specific to females nor early childhood environments. Additionally, the findings suggest the effects of father absence appear to persist beyond adolescence and early young adulthood with opposite effects on males' and females' reproductive strategies depending on when, during development, it occurs (Hehman and Salmon, 2018). 

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