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Aggression and risk‐taking as adaptive implementations of fast life history strategy
Hui Jing Lu1; Lei Chang2
Source PublicationDevelopmental Science

Within the evolutionary life history (LH) framework, aggression and risk‐taking are adaptive implementations of a fast LH strategy to adapt to environmental unsafety and unpredictability. Based on a longitudinal sample of 198 Chinese adolescents liv‐ing in rural areas, half of whom were separated from their parents, this study tested LH hypotheses about aggression and risk‐taking in relation to safety constraints in the childhood living environments. The results showed that proxies of environmental unpredictability, including parental separation, were positively associated with ag‐gression and risk‐taking and negatively associated with slow LH strategy, which in turn was negatively associated with aggression and risk‐taking. Children separated from their parents scored lower on slow LH strategies and higher on aggression and risk‐taking. These findings support the evolutionary assumption that human develop‐ment responds to safety cues through behavioral implementations of LH strategies.

KeywordAggression Child And Adolescent Development Environmental Unpredictability Fast And Slow Life History Strategies Risk-taking
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Social Sciences
Corresponding AuthorLei Chang
Affiliation1.The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2.University of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Hui Jing Lu,Lei Chang. Aggression and risk‐taking as adaptive implementations of fast life history strategy[J]. Developmental Science,2019:1-13.
APA Hui Jing Lu,&Lei Chang.(2019).Aggression and risk‐taking as adaptive implementations of fast life history strategy.Developmental Science,1-13.
MLA Hui Jing Lu,et al."Aggression and risk‐taking as adaptive implementations of fast life history strategy".Developmental Science (2019):1-13.
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