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Environmental harshness and unpredictability, life history, and social and academic behavior of adolescents in nine countries.

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Chang, L; Lu, HJ; Lansford, JE; Skinner, AT; Bornstein, MH; Steinberg, L; Dodge, KA; Chen, BB; Tian, Q; Bacchini, D; Deater-Deckard, K ...
Published in: Developmental psychology
April 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. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved).

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Published In

Developmental psychology

DOI

EISSN

1939-0599

ISSN

0012-1649

Publication Date

April 2019

Volume

55

Issue

4

Start / End Page

890 / 903

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Behavior
  • Safety
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Parents
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Geography
  • Female
  • Developmental & Child Psychology
  • Child
 

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Chang, L., Lu, H. J., Lansford, J. E., Skinner, A. T., Bornstein, M. H., Steinberg, L., … Tapanya, S. (2019). Environmental harshness and unpredictability, life history, and social and academic behavior of adolescents in nine countries. Developmental Psychology, 55(4), 890–903. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000655
Chang, Lei, Hui Jing Lu, Jennifer E. Lansford, Ann T. Skinner, Marc H. Bornstein, Laurence Steinberg, Kenneth A. Dodge, et al. “Environmental harshness and unpredictability, life history, and social and academic behavior of adolescents in nine countries.Developmental Psychology 55, no. 4 (April 2019): 890–903. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000655.
Chang L, Lu HJ, Lansford JE, Skinner AT, Bornstein MH, Steinberg L, et al. Environmental harshness and unpredictability, life history, and social and academic behavior of adolescents in nine countries. Developmental psychology. 2019 Apr;55(4):890–903.
Chang, Lei, et al. “Environmental harshness and unpredictability, life history, and social and academic behavior of adolescents in nine countries.Developmental Psychology, vol. 55, no. 4, Apr. 2019, pp. 890–903. Epmc, doi:10.1037/dev0000655.
Chang L, Lu HJ, Lansford JE, Skinner AT, Bornstein MH, Steinberg L, Dodge KA, Chen BB, Tian Q, Bacchini D, Deater-Deckard K, Pastorelli C, Alampay LP, Sorbring E, Al-Hassan SM, Oburu P, Malone PS, Di Giunta L, Tirado LMU, Tapanya S. Environmental harshness and unpredictability, life history, and social and academic behavior of adolescents in nine countries. Developmental psychology. 2019 Apr;55(4):890–903.

Published In

Developmental psychology

DOI

EISSN

1939-0599

ISSN

0012-1649

Publication Date

April 2019

Volume

55

Issue

4

Start / End Page

890 / 903

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Behavior
  • Safety
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Parents
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Geography
  • Female
  • Developmental & Child Psychology
  • Child