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ERIC Number: EJ1209423
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Environmental Harshness and Unpredictability, Life History, and Social and Academic Behavior of Adolescents in Nine Countries
Chang, Lei; Lu, Hui Jing; Lansford, Jennifer E.; Skinner, Ann T.; Bornstein, Marc H.; Steinberg, Laurence; Dodge, Kenneth A.; Chen, Bin Bin; Tian, Qian; Bacchini, Dario; Deater-Deckard, Kirby; Pastorelli, Concetta; Alampay, Liane Peña; Sorbring, Emma; Al-Hassan, Suha M.; Oburu, Paul; Malone, Patrick S.; Di Giunta, Laura; Tirado, Liliana Maria Uribe; Tapanya, Sombat
Developmental Psychology, v55 n4 p890-903 Apr 2019
Safety is essential for life. To survive, humans and other animals have developed sets of psychological and physiological adaptations known as life history (LH) tradeoff strategies in response to various safety constraints. Evolutionarily selected LH strategies in turn regulate development and behavior to optimize survival under prevailing safety conditions. The present study tested LH hypotheses concerning safety based on a 6-year longitudinal sample of 1,245 adolescents and their parents from 9 countries. The results revealed that, invariant across countries, environmental harshness, and unpredictability (lack of safety) was negatively associated with slow LH behavioral profile, measured 2 years later, and slow LH behavioral profile was negatively and positively associated with externalizing behavior and academic performance, respectively, as measured an additional 2 years later. These results support the evolutionary conception that human development responds to environmental safety cues through LH regulation of social and learning behaviors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China (Shanghai); Colombia; Italy; Kenya; Philippines (Manila); Sweden; Jordan; Thailand; Italy (Rome); North Carolina (Durham)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence
Grant or Contract Numbers: RO1HD054805|15608415