Evolutionary developmental psychology posits that natural selection operates across the lifespan and focuses on how psychological mechanisms develop. The basic tenets of evolutionary developmental psychology are outlined, along with detailed discussion of ontogenetic, deferred, and conditional adaptations. These are then applied to mental health, where the mental health model is pitted against the evolutionary developmental perspective of mental health. Lastly, adolescent risk-taking behaviors are examined from an evolutionary-informed perspective using life history theory to explore the influence of environmental harshness and unpredictability in early childhood.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - Mar 26 2015|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Sciences(all)