Patterns of Life History: The Ecology of Human Individuality

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1990-04-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This work summarizes an ongoing longitudinal study concerned with the nature of human differences as manifest in peoples' life histories. The traditional models for the description of human differences are reviewed, then contrasted with the presentation of alternative models. This volume is also one of the few to investigate different approaches to measurement procedures. Practical applications of these models and the results obtained in a 23 research effort are discussed.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Approaches to the Study of Human Individuality: Science and Individualityp. 1
Studies of Individual Development and Their Implications: Methodological Issuesp. 33
A Prototype Alternative for the Description of Individualityp. 61
Background Data in Formulating Prototypesp. 83
General Methods and Bias Checksp. 89
Cross-Sectional Resultsp. 107
Summary of the Cross-Sectional Resultsp. 148
Sequential Resultsp. 149
Prototype Conclusionsp. 189
The Composite Summary Dimensionsp. 195
Description of the Composite Prototypesp. 223
Conclusionsp. 307
Evaluation of Composite Prototypesp. 309
Conclusionsp. 342
Comparative Findingsp. 345
Conclusionp. 382
Theoretical Implications: A General View of Human Individualityp. 385
Conclusionsp. 417
Technical Implications: Methodological Considerations in the Description of Human Individualityp. 419
Conclusionp. 449
Practical Implementation Strategies for Applying the Prototype Modelp. 451
Conclusionp. 478
Retrospective and Parting Commentsp. 479
Referencesp. 489
Author Indexp. 499
Subject Indexp. 503
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