Maternal aggression in lactating female Japanese macaques: Time course and interindividual variation

Gabriele Schino, Francesca R. D'Amato, Alfonso Troisi

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Abstract

This study investigated the aggressive behavior of female Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata (Blyth, 1875)) during lactation. Following parturition, the frequency of aggression showed an initial decline during weeks 1-2 of infant life, then increased to peak during weeks 7-8 post partum, and finally declined again to prepartum levels. Neither the initial decline nor the subsequent increase in aggression rate post partum was related to sociodemographic characteristics of the mother-infant dyad or to measures of maternal style. These results suggest that variation in postpartum aggression may be influenced less by the quality of the mother-infant relationship than by the mother's relationships the mother has with group mates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1975-1979
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal of Zoology
Volume82
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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