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Continuities and consequences of interactional styles across the life course.

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Caspi, A; Bem, DJ; Elder, GH
Published in: Journal of personality
June 1989

Behavior patterns can be sustained across the life course by two kinds of person-environment interaction. Cumulative continuity arises when an individual's interactional style channels him or her into environments that themselves reinforce that style, thereby sustaining the behavior pattern across the life course through the progressive accumulation of its own consequences. Interactional continuity arises when an individual's style evokes reciprocal, sustaining responses from others in ongoing social interaction, thereby reinstating the behavior pattern across the individual's life course whenever the relevant interactive situation is replicated. Using archival data from the Berkeley Guidance Study (Macfarlane, Allen, & Honzik, 1954), we present evidence for the operation of these two continuity-promoting processes by identifying individuals who were ill-tempered, shy, or dependent in late childhood and then tracing the continuities and consequences of these interactional styles across the subsequent 30 years of their lives in the domains of work and family. The importance of the sociocultural context in mediating these continuities and consequences is stressed.

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Journal of personality

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EISSN

1467-6494

ISSN

0022-3506

Publication Date

June 1989

Volume

57

Issue

2

Start / End Page

375 / 406

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Psychology
  • Shyness
  • Self Concept
  • Personality Development
  • Personality
  • Occupations
  • Models, Psychological
  • Marriage
  • Male
  • Longitudinal Studies
 

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Caspi, A., Bem, D. J., & Elder, G. H. (1989). Continuities and consequences of interactional styles across the life course. Journal of Personality, 57(2), 375–406. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6494.1989.tb00487.x
Caspi, A., D. J. Bem, and G. H. Elder. “Continuities and consequences of interactional styles across the life course.Journal of Personality 57, no. 2 (June 1989): 375–406. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6494.1989.tb00487.x.
Caspi A, Bem DJ, Elder GH. Continuities and consequences of interactional styles across the life course. Journal of personality. 1989 Jun;57(2):375–406.
Caspi, A., et al. “Continuities and consequences of interactional styles across the life course.Journal of Personality, vol. 57, no. 2, June 1989, pp. 375–406. Epmc, doi:10.1111/j.1467-6494.1989.tb00487.x.
Caspi A, Bem DJ, Elder GH. Continuities and consequences of interactional styles across the life course. Journal of personality. 1989 Jun;57(2):375–406.
Journal cover image

Published In

Journal of personality

DOI

EISSN

1467-6494

ISSN

0022-3506

Publication Date

June 1989

Volume

57

Issue

2

Start / End Page

375 / 406

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Psychology
  • Shyness
  • Self Concept
  • Personality Development
  • Personality
  • Occupations
  • Models, Psychological
  • Marriage
  • Male
  • Longitudinal Studies