Blessings, banes, and possibilities in the study of childhood personality

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In this commentary I make three points. First, the four articles presented in this special issue are critical examples of the viability and importance of the idea of childhood personality. Second, I identify several concerns, including the narrow scope of the study of childhood personality, the lack of focus on environmental factors that might facilitate development in childhood personality, and the conceptual overlap between measures of childhood personality and outcomes such as externalizing behavior. Third, I recommend that the gap between childhood and adult personality be bridged more systematically so that we can detail the path of development across the life course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-378
Number of pages12
JournalMerrill-Palmer Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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