Does early childhood temperment carries through to later life?

Reuters (via MSNBC.com) reports on research by Lahey et. al. regarding the correlation between an infant’s behavior (and its interactions with parents) and the child’s temperment later in life:

The study, which followed nearly 1,900 children from infancy up to age 13, found that children whose mothers gave them plenty of intellectual stimulation in the first year of life — reading to them, talking to them and taking them out of the house — were less likely to have serious behavioral problems.

At the same time, the odds of behavior problems were also linked to certain measures of the children’s temperament during infancy — such as how “fussy” they were, or whether they had a generally happy or more moody disposition.

I don’t know much about research on temperment but I note that famed Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky argued that cognitive development is driven by one’s interactions with others; much contemporary research supports Vygotsky’s view.

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