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(p. 153) The Life History Framework and the FSD Model 

(p. 153) The Life History Framework and the FSD Model
(p. 153) The Life History Framework and the FSD Model

Marco Del Giudice

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date: 06 December 2021

The chapter presents a life history framework for psychopathology and introduces the fast-slow-defense (FSD) model, a three-way taxonomy that distinguishes between fast spectrum (F-type), slow spectrum (S-type), and defense activation disorders (D-type). Each type of disorder is associated with specific patterns of risk factors, sex differences, and developmental features (e.g., age of onset). The chapter also explores additional implications of the model and considers the role of general intelligence in the origin of psychopathology, The chapter ends with a detailed comparison between the FSD model and transdiagnostic models based on the distinction between internalizing and externalizing disorders (and, more recently, a general “p factor” of psychopathology).

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