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Personality Development

  1. Richard W. Robins1,
  2. M. Brent Donnellan2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0664

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Robins, R. W. and Donnellan, M. B. 2010. Personality Development. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–4.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of California, Davis

  2. 2

    Michigan State University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Personality refers to an individual's stable tendencies to think, feel, and act in particular ways. The field of personality development focuses on the age at which these tendencies first emerge in childhood, the role of nature (genes) and nurture (environment) in their development, and their patterns of consistency and change across the life span. In this entry, we summarize the most recent findings and conclusions emerging from the field.


  • traits;
  • temperament;
  • stability;
  • heritability;
  • age differences