Behavioral Individuality in Early Childhood

reviewed by Dale B. Harris - 1965

coverTitle: Behavioral Individuality in Early Childhood
Author(s): T. Thomas, Stella Chess, H. G. Birch, Margaret E. Hertzig
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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The nature-nurture problem, an old issue in developmental psychology and the psychology of individual differences, refuses to remain buried. Studies of behavior genetics, conducted by a small but brilliant group of psychologists, demonstrate that behavior is more than the sum of the environmental input. Studies of child-rearing techniques fail to find direct and consistent relations between parents' attitudes and practices and children's personality organization. On the other hand, evidence of behavior modification through practice, not to be traced to maturation alone, has been located in the earliest weeks of life. A new synthesis may be required, one which affirms the close, mutual, transactive relationship between changing organism and changing environment. The authors of this volume seek to determine to what extent the child makes his own contribution to development—that is, to what extent the characteristics evidenced in the first few months of life persist into the later years of growth and influence... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 67 Number 1, 1965, p. 75-75 ID Number: 2391, Date Accessed: 2/28/2021 8:56:32 AM

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