The Notion of Basic Needs

  • Darcia NarvaezEmail author
  • Rebecca Noble


We describe Maslow’s hierarchy of basic needs and the importance of basic needs satisfaction and how lack of provision leads to stress. When basic needs are not provided, it creates a situation of stress, leading to poorer health outcomes. We discuss the outline of the book where we discuss two new comprehensive measures of basic needs. In Chapter  2, we describe the creation and validation of a comprehensive measure of basic needs. In Chapter  3, we examine the evolutionary inheritances of basic needs as they pertain to the evolved nest, discuss and test a retrospective measure of basic needs in childhood and contrast it with the evolved developmental niche (EDN) history measure. In Chapter  4, we examine the relation of basic needs to moral functioning. In Chapter  5, we examine other models of basic needs and draw some conclusions.


Maslow Basic needs Health Stress SES 


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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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