Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science

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Good Parenting Qualities

  • Linda KarlssonEmail author
  • Jan Antfolk
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_246-1



Parental behavior that facilitates child development


Good parenting qualities are commonly defined as parental behavior that increases a child’s chances of good health, happiness, and success. Such parental behaviors can include everything from the provision of fundamental resources, such as nutrition and shelter, to modeling good relationship skills and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. Depending on cultural context and values, parental behaviors can also include different forms of education, spiritual guidance, and informing children about expectations and norms that will help them navigate society later in life. Understandably, what is seen as being good parenting is often determined by the effects parental behavior have on the child’s personal development – the evaluation of which is, at least partly, defined by cultural norms and subject to variation over time.

Evolutionarily, parental behavior has been...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyÅbo Akademi UniversityTurkuFinland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Tara DeLecce
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOakland UniversityRochesterUSA