The effect of infant fetal alcohol syndrome facial features on adoption preference

Human Nature 15 (1):101-117 (2004)

Infant facial characteristics may affect discriminative parental solicitude because they convey information about the health of the offspring. We examined the effect of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) infant facial characteristics on hypothetical adoption preferences, ratings of attractiveness, and ratings of health. As expected, potential parents were more likely to adopt “normal” infants, and they rated the FAS infants as less attractive and less healthy. Cuteness/attractiveness was the best predictor of adoption likelihood
Keywords Adoption preference  Fetal Alcohol Syndrome  Infant attractiveness  Infant health  Parental solicitude
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DOI 10.1007/s12110-004-1006-8
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