Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

Living Edition
| Editors: Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Todd K. Shackelford

Shiner, Rebecca

  • Rebecca L. Shiner
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_319-1

Early Life and Educational Background

Shiner was born on July 27, 1968, in Johnstown, PA, and grew up primarily in Bethlehem, PA. After reading a children’s book on Freud for her seventh grade term paper, she promptly decided that she was going to become a psychologist. She attended Haverford College in Haverford, PA. During her first year in college, she saw the film 28 Up, an installment of a film series that has followed up a set of 14 British people every 7 years starting at age 7; she was riveted by seeing these people’s lives unfold and became deeply curious about how people’s personalities are maintained and change over time. After obtaining her B.A. in Psychology in 1990, she worked for 2 years with chronically mentally ill adults, first as a case manager and second as a research assistant. This work inspired her to want to better understand the life paths leading to wellness and psychological disorders. Shiner entered the Ph.D. program in psychology at the University of...


Personality Disorder Personality Development Mood Regulation Personality Pathology Secondary Interest 
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Selected Bibliography

  1. Shiner, R. L. (1998). How shall we speak of children’s personality traits in middle childhood? A preliminary taxonomy. Psychological Bulletin, 124, 308–333.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Shiner, R. L. (2000). Linking childhood personality with adaptation: Evidence for continuity and change across time into late adolescence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 310–325.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. Shiner, R. L. (2015). Maximizers, satisficers, and their satisfaction with and preferences for reversible versus irreversible decisions. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6(8), 896–903.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Shiner, R. L., & Caspi, A. (2003). Personality differences in childhood and adolescence: Measurement, development, and consequences. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, 44, 1–31.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Shiner, R. L., & DeYoung, C. G. (2013). The structure of temperament and personality traits: A developmental perspective. In P. Zelazo (Ed.), Oxford handbook of developmental psychology (pp. 113–141). New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  6. Shiner, R. L., & Masten, A. S. (2012). Childhood personality as a harbinger of competence and resilience in adulthood. Development and Psychopathology, 24(2), 507–528.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  7. Shiner, R. L., & Tackett, J. L. (2014). Personality disorders in children and adolescents. In E. J. Mash & R. A. Barkley (Eds.), Child psychopathology (3rd ed., pp. 848–896). New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
  8. Shiner, R. L., Buss, K. A., McClowry, S. G., Putnam, S. P., Saudino, K. J., & Zentner, M. (2012). What is temperament now? Assessing progress in temperament research on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Goldsmith et al. (1987). Child Development Perspectives, 6(4), 436–444.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyColgate UniversityHamiltonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marion Wallace
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Alabama BirminghamBirminghamUSA