Environmental Harshness and Unpredictability, Life History, and Social and Academic Behavior of Adolescents in Nine Countries

Lei Chang, Hui Jing Lu, Jennifer E. Lansford, Ann T. Skinner, Marc H. Bornstein, Laurence Steinberg, Kenneth A. Dodge, Bin Bin Chen, Qian Tian, Dario Bacchini, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Concetta Pastorelli, Liane Peña Alampay, Emma Sorbring, Suha M. Al-Hassan, Paul Oburu, Patrick S. Malone, Laura Di Giunta, Liliana Maria Uribe Tirado, Sombat Tapanya

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    JournalDevelopmental Psychology
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    StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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    Adolescent Behavior
    environmental safety
    adolescent
    Safety
    learning behavior
    social behavior
    History
    parents
    animal
    regulation
    lack
    performance
    Physiological Adaptation
    Psychological Adaptation
    Human Development
    Cues
    Parents
    Survival

    Keywords

    • Academic performance
    • Environmental harshness
    • Externalizing
    • Fast and slow life history strategy
    • Unpredictability

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Demography
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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    Chang, L., Lu, H. J., Lansford, J. E., Skinner, A. T., Bornstein, M. H., Steinberg, L., ... Tapanya, S. (Accepted/In press). Environmental Harshness and Unpredictability, Life History, and Social and Academic Behavior of Adolescents in Nine Countries. Developmental Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000655

    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.

    In: Developmental Psychology, 01.01.2018.

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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, Pastorelli, C, Alampay, LP, Sorbring, E, Al-Hassan, SM, Oburu, P, Malone, PS, Di Giunta, L, Tirado, LMU & Tapanya, S 2018, 'Environmental Harshness and Unpredictability, Life History, and Social and Academic Behavior of Adolescents in Nine Countries', Developmental Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000655
    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. / Environmental Harshness and Unpredictability, Life History, and Social and Academic Behavior of Adolescents in Nine Countries. In: Developmental Psychology. 2018.
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