That male attitude may come from their most primal being, explained Barry Ginsberg, a Pennsylvania psychologist specializing in relationships. "For a man, the loss of having a family and carrying on the gene pool makes men helpless, because they can't give birth," Ginsberg said.
From an "evolutionary standpoint, men would go around impregnating all the women they could find, so that at least one of those women would survive" and produce a child, he explained.
The National Association of Mothers' Center has support and advice for moms.
SOURCES: Tanya Koropeckyj-Cox, Ph.D., assistant professor, sociology, University of Florida, Gainesville; Barry G. Ginsberg, Ph.D., The Center of Relationship Enhancement, Doylestown, Pa.; Irene Goldenberg, Ed.D., professor emerita, psychiatry, Semel Institute, University of California, Los Angeles; Nadine J. Kaslow, Ph.D., professor and chief psychologist, Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta; November 2007, Journal of Marriage and Family
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