A diversified portfolio model of adaptability

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Abstract

A new model of adaptability, the diversified portfolio model (DPM) of adaptability, is introduced. In the 1950s, Markowitz developed the financial portfolio model by demonstrating that investors could optimize the ratio of risk and return on their portfolios through risk diversification. The DPM integrates attractive features of a variety of models of adaptability, including Linville's self-complexity model, the risk and resilience model, and Bandura's social cognitive theory. The DPM draws on the concept of portfolio diversification, positing that diversified investment in multiple life experiences, life roles, and relationships promotes positive adaptation to life's challenges. The DPM provides a new integrative model of adaptability across the biopsychosocial levels of functioning. More importantly, the DPM addresses a gap in the literature by illuminating the antecedents of adaptive processes studied in a broad array of psychological models. The DPM is described in relation to the biopsychosocial model and propositions are offered regarding its utility in increasing adaptiveness. Recommendations for future research are also offered.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages847-862
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Volume71
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

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Psychological Models
Life Change Events
Odds Ratio
Adaptability
Social Theory

Keywords

  • Adaptability
  • Life roles
  • Portfolio model
  • Resilience
  • Self-efficacy

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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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A diversified portfolio model of adaptability. / Chandra, Siddharth; Leong, Frederick T L.

In: American Psychologist, Vol. 71, No. 9, 01.12.2016, p. 847-862.

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