Temperament and Personality Development across the Life Span

Temperament and Personality Development across the Life Span

Temperament and Personality Development across the Life Span

Temperament and Personality Development across the Life Span

Synopsis

This is the third book in a series of Across the Life Span volumes that has come from the Biennial Life Span Development Conferences. The authors--well known in their fields--present theoretical and research issues important for the understanding of temperament in infancy and childhood, as well as personality in adolescence and adulthood. Current findings placed within theoretical and historical contexts make each chapter distinctive. The chapter authors focus on their work and its implications for temperament and personality issues across the life span. In addition, they include summaries of research by other investigators and theorists, placing their work and that of others in a lifespan perspective.

Excerpt

This volume is the third in a series of publications resulting from the Biennial Life Span Development Conferences at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. the third conference was entitled "Temperament and Personality Development Across the Life Span" and was hosted by the department of Psychology and the department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Nine speakers were invited to present their work focusing on temperament and personality development during a particular developmental period or across the life span. of these original nine speakers, six contributed chapters to this volume, each chapter a modification of the presentation made at the conference. Following the conference, supplemental chapters were sought from four experts in the field based on conference discussions concerning work, theories, or developmental periods needing additional coverage. Together, the 10 chapters in this volume present a life-span perspective on the development of temperament and personality.

The contributors were asked to provide a chapter focusing on their research and its implications for temperament and personality issues across the life span. in addition, each author was asked to include summaries of research by other investigators and theorists and to place their work and that of others in a life-span perspective. Several authors responded with tables of references to works with summaries of findings and others provided extensive and often detailed references to the works of their colleagues. We believe that each chapter provides both contextual and current information useful to a broad readership.

The first three chapters focus on temperament and personality within the infancy and early childhood periods. the first chapter, by H. Hill Goldsmith ,Kathy S. Lemery,Nazan Aksan, and Kirstin A. Buss, entitled Temperamental Substrates of Personality Development, explores the relationship of early temperament to later personality. Three issues are the focus of the chapter: the origins of temperament, the continuity of temperament, and the evidence for the functional significance of temperament. Findings from research with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young elementary school children are reviewed and placed in the context of the three issues. the chapter explores the role of genetics and . . .

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