Father absence and male aggression: a re-examination of the comparative evidence

Ethos Vol/Iss. 29 Wiley-Blackwell for the American Anthropological Association Washington, D.C. Published In Pages: 296-314
By Ember, Carol R., Ember, Melvin


This paper supports Beatrice B. Whiting's (1965) sex-identity conflict hypothesis which suggests a relationship between males' early identification with their mothers and male violence. Authors find that, in addition to socialization aggression, frequency of homicide/assault is significantly related to father-infant sleeping distance, particularly when residence is not matrilocal and/or warfare is more than occasional.

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