ERIC Number: ED315145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
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Adolescent Temperament: Childhood Problem Precursors and Problem Behavior Correlates.
Interrelations between childhood behavior problems and adolescent temperament, and between adolescent temperament and problem behaviors, were studied. A sample of 311 adolescents with an average age of 15.7 years completed self-report measures regarding behavior problems before age 13, temperament, alcohol consumption, alcohol-related problems, delinquency, and depressive symptomatology. Interrater agreement between adolescents and their primary caregtivers with regard to childhood behavior problems was .48. Correlations between childhood behavior problems and adolescent temperament indicated significant associations. Childhood hyperactivity correlated with adolescent general activity level. Childhood peer dysfunction correlated with adolescent mood quality and flexibility. Adolescent temperament was found to correlate significantly with all of the adolescent problem behavior correlates. In general, a difficult temperament profile was associated with both childhood and adolescent behavior problems. This finding suggests a degree of continuity in temperamental behaviors associated with maladjustment during childhood and adolescence. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: National Inst. on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
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