Childhood personality type can predict the timing of key transitional events while moving into adulthood including leaving the parents’ home, establishing a romantic relationship, and entering the world of part-time work, according to a new study published in the Journal of Personality.

Led by Jaap Denissen of Humboldt-University, Berlin, the study assessed degrees of shyness and aggressiveness through parental scales and teacher reports. The research consisted of 230 children who were studied every year from their first or second year in preschool until age 12. After age 12, the sample was reassessed twice, at ages 17 and 23. The research team tested the hypotheses on the predictive validity of three major preschool personality types. Resilient personality is characterised by above average emotional stability, IQ, and academic achievement.

Over control is characterised by low scores on extroversion, emotional stability, and self-esteem. Under control is characterised by low scores on emotional stability and agreeableness and high scores on aggressive behaviour. Resilient males were found to leave their parents’ house approximately one year earlier than over controlled or under controlled children. Over controlled boys took a year longer than others in finding a romantic partner, while, resilient boys and girls were faster in getting a part-time job than their over controlled and under controlled peers. — ANI