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Volume 27 Issue 1 (February 1957), Pages 1-75

THE DISTRIBUTION OF PERSONALITY TRAITS IN SEVEN‐YEAR‐OLD CHILDREN: A COMBINED PSYCHOLOGICAL, PSYCHIATRIC AND SOMATOTYPE STUDY (pages 48-61)

Summary.— The physical constitutions of 100 seven‐year‐old children have been assessed. The more closely correlated facets of physique and behaviour in childhood are reported. A time may come when it will be possible to compare these findings in a series of healthy children with those in a group of children needing psychiatric help. When this is achieved, further light may be thrown on the aetiology of mental illness. In the meantime, it has been shown that the somatotype can give some indication of the kind of behaviour to expect in different individuals, and that exact measurements support what has for centuries been appreciated in less precise form, namely that physical constitution plays an important part in shaping people's lives.

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