Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
The Relationship Between Quality of Maternal Care and The Development of Infant Sociability in A Captive Group of Western Lowland Gorillas
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Valerie James-Aldridge
Dr. Gary Montgomery
Dr. Amy Weimer
Maternal factors, e.g., quality and behavior were examined in order to determine if a relationship with enhanced infant social development exists. Gorilla mothers were each nursery reared and are full siblings, providing an unusual opportunity to examine the individual differences that may play a role in infant socialization. Observational data collected during three-time blocks by means of focal animal sampling were used to analyze social behaviors and identify initiators and receivers of contact behaviors, thereby determining a relationship between maternal care and infant sociability. Results indicated that mothers who provided successful maternal care produced more sociable offspring. Findings from this study have implications for primate social development and successful reproductive fitness.
University of Texas-Pan American
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