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Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2010), 33:21-22 Cambridge University Press
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Is contemporary grandparental care an evolutionary mismatch?

Harald A. Eulera1

a1 Institute of Psychology, Department of Economics, University of Kassel, 34127 Kassel, Germany.
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In order to evaluate the impact of contemporary grandparenting, the view should not be restricted to developmental achievement effects in grandchildren. Both child happiness and grandparent happiness are high-ranking goals with implications for public policy. The beneficial impact of grandparenting for risk families appears unequivocal, and modern life still encounters all kinds of unpredictable risks. Contemporary grandparental care is no evolutionary mismatch.

Grandparental investment: Past, present, and future David A. Coall and Ralph Hertwig School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia.; Department of Psychology, University of Basel, 4055 Basel, Switzerland.