Children's behavioral styles at age 3 are linked to their adult personality traits at age 26.

@article{Caspi2003ChildrensBS,
  title={Children's behavioral styles at age 3 are linked to their adult personality traits at age 26.},
  author={Avshalom Caspi and Honalee Harrington and Barry J. Milne and James W. Amell and Reremoana F Theodore and Terrie E. Moffitt},
  journal={Journal of personality},
  year={2003},
  volume={71 4},
  pages={
          495-513
        }
}
We observed 1,000 3-year-old children who exhibited five temperament types: Undercontrolled, Inhibited, Confident, Reserved, and Well-adjusted. Twenty-three years later, we reexamined 96% of the children as adults, using multiple methods of comprehensive personality assessment, including both self- and informant-reports. These longitudinal data provide the longest and strongest evidence to date that children's early-emerging behavioral styles can foretell their characteristic behaviors… CONTINUE READING

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