PATERNAL BEHAVIOR

behaviors by males directed toward care and safeguarding of their offspring. The direct form contains such behaviors as feeding, holding, or otherwise caring for the young- the indirect form contains learning resources or defending the group from damage or injury, that indirectly generates an escalated survival of the offspring.

PATERNAL BEHAVIOR: "His paternal behavior isn't common of a young man of his age."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PATERNAL BEHAVIOR," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/paternal-behavior/ (accessed September 18, 2020).
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