1st Edition

The Study of Temperament Changes, Continuities, and Challenges

Edited By Robert Plomin, Judy Dunn Copyright 1986
    192 Pages
    by Psychology Press

    First Published in 1986. The modern history of temperament research began in the late 1950s with the New York Longitudinal Study. Twenty-five years later, temperament has become a major focus of research on early developing emotional and social traits. The impetus for this growth in temperament research stems from the merging of several shifts in child development research: from a view of the child as passive to a model of the child as an active, transacting partner with the environment; increasing interest in individual differences in development; an expansion of research on emotional and social development; and a clear change from an exclusive reliance on environmental explanations of developmental differences to a more balanced perspective that recognizes the possibility of biological as well as environmental influences. Most stimulating is the multidisciplinary flavor of temperament research-clinicians, infancy researchers, cultural anthropologists, and behavioral geneticists have, each for their own reasons, been drawn to the study of temperament. Each of these fields is represented in the present volume, which provides the first overview of the growing field of temperament.

    Chapter 1 The Measurement of Temperament, John E. Bates; Chapter 2 Issues of Stability and Continuity in Temperament Research, Robert B. McCall; Chapter 3 Continuity and Discontinuity of Temperament in Infancy and Early Childhood, Sean C. McDevitt; Chapter 4 The New York Longitudinal Study, Alexander Thomas, Stella Chess; Chapter 5 Temperamental Inhibition in Early Childhood, Jerome Kagan, J. Steven Reznick, Nancy Snidman; Chapter 6 The EAS Approach to Temperament, Arnold H. Buss, Robert Plomin; Chapter 7 Behavior-Genetics Research in Infant Temperament, Ronald S. Wilson, Adam P. Matheny Jr.; Chapter 8 Children and Adolescents in Their Contexts, Richard M. Lerner, Jacqueline V. Lerner, Michael Windle, Karen Hooker, Kathleen Lenerz, Patricia L. East; Chapter 9 Changes in Associations Between Characteristics and Interactions, Joan Stevenson-Hinde, Robert A. Hinde; Chapter 10 Temperament, Development, and Culture, Charles M. Super, Sara Harkness; Chapter 11 Clinical Interactions of Temperament, William B. Carey; Chapter 12 Commentary, Judith Dunn;


    Robert Plomin University of Colorado, Boulder,
    Judith Dunn University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

    "...a valuable resource for researchers interested in the nature of temperament and its relation to development."
    Contemporary Psychology