ERIC Number: ED050410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May-7
Reference Count: 0
Overcrowding and Population Growth: The Nature and Relevance of Animal Behavior.
Stettner, Laurence J.
This paper provides a descriptive overview of research on the consequences of overcrowding and the development of high population densities in animals, and speculates on the relevance of these studies for similar human phenomena. Three major foci are distinguished: (1) the effect of high population densities on animal behavior; (2) the nature of population growth in freely-growing populations confined to limited areas; and (3) the effect of high population densities on the physiological condition of animals. Effects on behavior included vicious aggression, "pansexuality," disruption of adequate maternal care behavior and withdrawal from social interaction. Where population grew freely in confined areas, populations peaked and declined and reproductive and/or maternal qualities were inhibited. Finally, there were definite physiological responses to overcrowding. It is suggested that animal studies suggest relationships we can look for in humans. (TL)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI.
Note: Paper presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Convention in Detroit, Michigan, May 6-8, 1971