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Title: Five types of personality continuity in childhood and adolescence
Authors: De Fruyt, Filip ×
Bartels, Meike
Van Leeuwen, Karla
De Clercq, Barbara
Decuyper, Mieke
Mervielde, Ivan #
Issue Date: Sep-2006
Publisher: Amer psychological assoc/educational publishing foundation
Series Title: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology vol:91 issue:3 pages:538-552
Abstract: This study examines 5 types of personality continuity-structural, mean-level, individual-level, differential, and ipsative-in a representative population (N = 498) and a twin and sibling sample (N = 548) of children and adolescents. Parents described their children on 2 successive occasions with a 36-month interval using the Hierarchical Personality Inventory for Children (I. Mervielde & F. De Fruyt, 1999). There was evidence for structural continuity in the 2 samples, and personality was shown to be largely differentially stable. A large percentage had a stable trait profile indicative of ipsative stability, and mean-level personality changes were generally small in magnitude. Continuity findings were explained mainly by genetic and nonshared environmental factors.
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ISSN: 0022-3514
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Parenting and Special Education
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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