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Culture as a context for temperament: suggestions from the life courses of shy Swedes and Americans
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Center for Developmental Research)
2001 (English)In: Temperament in context, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers , 2001, 118-129 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The author suggests a goodness-of-fit model that builds on previous models. She posits that, in any given culture, there are both psychological and practical features of the environment that reflect people's shared assumptions about behavior. As a result, the environment favors some temperamentally based behaviors over others, and the favored behaviors are then more likely to be associated with good developmental outcomes. The author draws examples of the various links in this model from the literature on shyness, inhibition, and anxiety, and compared findings from two studies of the life courses of shy people: one with an American sample (Caspi, Elder and Bem, 1988) and the other with a Swedish sample (Kerr, Lambert and Bem, 1996).

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Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers , 2001. 118-129 p.
Keyword [en]
Personality Theory, Sociocultural Factors, Goodness of Fit, Psychosocial Development, Timidity
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-6550ISBN: 0-8058-3019-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-6550DiVA: diva2:214240
Available from: 2009-05-04 Created: 2009-05-04 Last updated: 2012-06-20Bibliographically approved

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