Paternal confidence and paternal investment: a cross cultural test of a sociobiological hypothesis

Ethnology and Sociobiology Vol/Iss. 1 Published In Pages: 301-309
By Gaulin, Steven J.C., Schlegel, Alice


High paternal confidence leads to high investment by a man in his wife's children; low paternal confidence leads a man to channel his investment elsewhere (304).


Only three of the five variables used to measure parental investment yeilded statistically significant results. Those variables were residence pattern (p=.005), inheritance of real property (p=.01), and inheritance of movable property (p=.023).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Chi squarePartially supportedp<.05UNKNOWNUNKNOWN