Abstract

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.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1535-0266
Print ISSN
0272-930X
Pages
pp. 367-378
Launched on MUSE
2005-10-05
Open Access
No
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