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Resource and extrinsic risk in defining fast life histories of rural Chinese left-behind children
Lei Chang1; Hui Jing Lu2
2017-12-20
Source PublicationEvolution and Human Behavior
ISSN1090-5138
Volume39Issue:1Pages:59-66
Abstract

Food and safety are essential for survival and their environmental constraints, levels and variations of resources and extrinsic risks shape life history (LH) trade-off strategies. Based on a longitudinal sample of 206 Chinese adolescents living in rural areas, half of whom were children living with older relatives away from their migrant worker parents, this study is one of the first to test how both resources and extrinsic risks effect LH strategies. Structural equation modeling and other correlational results showed that the environmental constraints of safety and food were negatively and positively, respectively, associated with slow LH strategy, which in turn was negatively associated with pubertal status as well as such behavioral outcomes as present orientation, impulsivity, risky and externalizing behavior, and academic underperformance. The puberty-inducing effects of paternal and biparental absence were also observed. These results support the evolutionary conception that human development responds to environmental cues about resources and extrinsic risks in regulating LH and behavior.

KeywordCompetition Extrinsic Risk Fast And Slow Life History Father Absence Parental Absence Resource
DOI10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2017.10.003
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaPsychology ; Behavioral Sciences ; Biomedical Social Sciences
WOS SubjectPsychology, Biological ; Behavioral Sciences ; Social Sciences, Biomedical
WOS IDWOS:000419423600007
PublisherELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, STE 800, 230 PARK AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10169 USA
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Corresponding AuthorLei Chang
Affiliation1.Department of Psychology, University of Macau,Macao
2.Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University,Hong Kong
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Lei Chang,Hui Jing Lu. Resource and extrinsic risk in defining fast life histories of rural Chinese left-behind children[J]. Evolution and Human Behavior,2017,39(1):59-66.
APA Lei Chang,&Hui Jing Lu.(2017).Resource and extrinsic risk in defining fast life histories of rural Chinese left-behind children.Evolution and Human Behavior,39(1),59-66.
MLA Lei Chang,et al."Resource and extrinsic risk in defining fast life histories of rural Chinese left-behind children".Evolution and Human Behavior 39.1(2017):59-66.
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