Relationship Between Childhood (Un)predictability and Life Milestones in Young Brazilians

Cézar Donizetti Luquine Júnior, Anna Beatriz Carnielli Howat-Rodrigues, Patrícia Izar

Abstract


The present study sought to investigate whether perceived family unpredictability affects the development of life history strategies in both the reproductive and somatic domains by evaluating the ages at which life milestones occurred. In this study 211 young Brazilians answered a 10-item instrument that contained future milestones, the Family Unpredictability in Childhood, and a sociodemographic questionnaire. Not all participants had already achieved the milestones. Earlier ages of giving birth to the first child, marrying, starting a family, and at first formal employment were correlated with greater unpredictability scores. Significant correlations were found more frequently for the participants who had already met the milestones. Data support the importance of the childhood environment for later development. Results suggest that data obtained based on the ages at which milestones occurred and ages at which milestones are expected to occur may present important differences with regard to the influence of environmental factors.

Keywords


evolutionary psychology; life history theory; unpredictability; reproductive strategies

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5964/ijpr.v11i1.252