publication . Article . Other literature type . 2009

Beyond diathesis stress: differential susceptibility to environmental influences.

Belsky, Jay; Pluess, Michael;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2009
Abstract
Evolutionary-biological reasoning suggests that individuals should be differentially susceptible to environmental influences, with some people being not just more vulnerable than others to the negative effects of adversity, as the prevailing diathesis-stress view of psychopathology (and of many environmental influences) maintains, but also disproportionately susceptible to the beneficial effects of supportive and enriching experiences (or just the absence of adversity). Evidence consistent with the proposition that individuals differ in plasticity is reviewed. The authors document multiple instances in which (a) phenotypic temperamental characteristics, (b) endo...
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free text keywords: History and Philosophy of Science, General Psychology, Child rearing, Developmental psychology, Child development, Nature versus nurture, Diathesis–stress model, Psychology, Endophenotype, Big Five personality traits, Psychopathology, Differential susceptibility hypothesis
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