Pre-adjustment of adult attachment style to extrinsic risk levels via early attachment style is neither specific, nor reliable, nor effective, and is thus not an adaptation

Honekopp, Johannes (2009) Pre-adjustment of adult attachment style to extrinsic risk levels via early attachment style is neither specific, nor reliable, nor effective, and is thus not an adaptation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32 (1). p. 31. ISSN 0140-525X

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Abstract

The mechanism proposed by Del Giudice by which adult attachment style is adapted to the extrinsic risk in the local environment via attachment style during the early years does not fulfill important criteria of an adaptation. The proposed mechanism is neither specific, nor developmentally reliable, nor effective. Therefore, it should not be considered an adaptation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adrenarche, evolution, life history theory, mating; middle childhood, phenotypic plasticity, reproductive strategies, sexual selection, stress
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2010 15:12
Last Modified: 12 May 2017 11:25
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1268

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