Differential susceptibility to the environment: an evolutionary--neurodevelopmental theory.

  title={Differential susceptibility to the environment: an evolutionary--neurodevelopmental theory.},
  author={Bruce J. Ellis and William Thomas Boyce and Jay Belsky and Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg and Marinus H. van Ijzendoorn},
  journal={Development and psychopathology},
  volume={23 1},
Two extant evolutionary models, biological sensitivity to context theory (BSCT) and differential susceptibility theory (DST), converge on the hypothesis that some individuals are more susceptible than others to both negative (risk-promoting) and positive (development-enhancing) environmental conditions. These models contrast with the currently dominant perspective on personal vulnerability and environmental risk: diathesis stress/dual risk. We review challenges to this perspective based on… CONTINUE READING
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