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External environment and internal state in relation to life-history behavioural profiles of adolescents in nine countries
University of Macau, Department of Psychology, China.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China.
Duke University, Center for Child and Family Policy, Durham, NC, USA.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD, USA; Institute for Fiscal Studies, London, UK.
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2019 (English)In: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences, ISSN 0962-8452, E-ISSN 1471-2954, Vol. 286, no 1917, article id 20192097Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The external environment has traditionally been considered as the primary driver of animal life history (LH). Recent research suggests that animals' internal state is also involved, especially in forming LH behavioural phenotypes. The present study investigated how these two factors interact in formulating LH in humans. Based on a longitudinal sample of 1223 adolescents in nine countries, the results show that harsh and unpredictable environments and adverse internal states in childhood are each uniquely associated with fast LH behavioural profiles consisting of aggression, impulsivity, and risk-taking in adolescence. The external environment and internal state each strengthened the LH association of the other, but overall the external environment was more predictive of LH than was the internal state. These findings suggest that individuals rely on a multitude and consistency of sensory information in more decisively calibrating LH and behavioural strategies.

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2019. Vol. 286, no 1917, article id 20192097
Keywords [en]
adolescents, fast life-history behavioural profiles, harsh and unpredictable environment, internal body state
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology) Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Child and Youth studies; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-14785DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2097ISI: 000504313100021PubMedID: 31847773Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85076850234OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-14785DiVA, id: diva2:1381068
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EU, Horizon 2020, 695300-HKADeC-ERC-2015-AdG
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Funders: the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (grant no. RO1-HD054805);Fogarty International Center (grant no. RO3-TW008141);National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (grant no. P30 DA023026); the Intramural Research Program of the NIH/NICHD, USA

Available from: 2019-12-20 Created: 2019-12-20 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved

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