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The Concept of Function in the Behavioral Sciences with Specific Reference to Pedophilia and Pedosexual Behavior: A Biophilosophical Perspective

  • Herman Dienske


In the behavioral sciences, the term function refers to effects that range from those that occur immediately to those that occur over many generations. Long-term functions differ most in meaning from the everyday usage of the concept function. In evolutionary biology, functions of behavior refer to contributions made both to the survival of an individual and to reproductive success and, even more ultimately, to a relatively large contribution made to future populations of a species.


Sexual Behavior Social Control Nonhuman Animal Adaptive Function Paternal Care 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Herman Dienske
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  1. 1.TNO Primate CenterRijswijkThe Netherlands

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