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Shyness Ratings: Stability and Correlates in Early Childhood

A Sanson, R Pedlow, W Cann, M Prior, F Oberklaid

International Journal of Behavioral Development | Published : 1996


This study explores the stability and correlates of shyness from infancy to 6 years of age using five sets of data from a large representative sample. Included in each set are maternal ratings on a temperament dimension named Approach which assesses reactions to new people and situations, and is the measure of shyness employed here. Two issues are examined: (1) the stability of shyness as revealed by log-linear analyses, in comparison to other temperamental attributes, and when comparing extreme groups to those with moderate scores; (2) the correlates of shyness in infancy and at 5-6 years. The results suggest that the stability of shyness from 1-2 years onwards is moderate, and similar in l..

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