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ERIC Number: ED176881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Early Individuality: Dimensions in Infant Behavior. Uppsala Psychological Reports, No. 248.
Bohlin, Gunilla; And Others
The purpose of this study was to apply factor analysis techniques to delineate dimensions of early infant behavior and to establish categories of functioning which can be seen as a source of individuality in early childhood. Data about the behavior of 791 infants in two age groups (11-25 weeks and 26-41 weeks) were obtained using a questionnaire answered by parents. Separate analysis and cross-validation procedures were used on the data from each sample. For both samples factors interpretable as broad behavioral dimensions were obtained. The preferred solutions for the two age groups were compared and judged to be similar enough to warrant a combination of the two samples. The preferred solution for the combined sample was an orthogonal 7-factor solution accounting for about a third of the total variance. At least five of the factors could be interpreted as broad behavioral dimensions and were named Intensity/Activity, Regularity, Approach-Withdrawal, Sensory Sensitivity, and Attentiveness. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Stockholm.
Identifiers: Sweden (Uppsala)