Life history strategies and psychopathology

The faster the life strategies, the more symptoms of psychopathology

Jessie E. Hurst, Phillip S. Kavanagh

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There is little extant empirical literature examining the associations between life history strategies and symptoms of psychopathology. The current study (N = 138) investigated the associations between life history strategies, symptoms of psychopathology, aggression, incidence of self-harm behaviour, and attachment (perceived parental support) in sample drawn from the general population and community mental health service providers. The results from the study indicate those with a faster life strategy report greater levels of aggression and symptoms of psychopathology. Further, perceptions of poorer parental support were associated with a faster life history strategy. Implications for life history theory, conceptualising psychopathology, and future research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalEvolution and Human Behavior
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


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