Diverse Perspectives Are Welcome: Reply to Martin (2017)

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Martin’s (2017) comment on Chandra and Leong (2016) highlighted (a) lack of definitional clarity of the concept of adaptability, (b) conceptual generality of the model, and (c) incomplete citations of the literature on adaptability. In this reply, the authors contend that lack of definitional clarity of adaptability is symptomatic of the multitude of definitions of adaptability by psychologists of diverse persuasions. Conceptual generality of the diversified portfolio model (DPM) stems from the choice of a broad definition of adaptability, which extends beyond the narrower definitions provided by scholars including Martin, as well as the capability of the model to mesh with this broad definition. Incomplete citations result from the choice to use a few well-known conceptualizations of adaptability for the purpose of exposition from among the thousands of extant studies on adaptability. The central point of Chandra and Leong (2016) is that diversification is an important antecedent and determinant of adaptability and imparts greater adaptability however defined or measured.

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