ERIC Number: ED356882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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Are Behavior Problems in Preschool Children Related to Big-Five Markers.
Martin, Roy P.
This study investigated whether the "Big-5" structure (a 5-factor model used to capture variance in adult personality) can be obtained from parental ratings of 4-year-old children using traditional markers of this structure that are derived primarily from research on adult personality. The study also examined whether Big-5 markers can be used to meaningfully predict children's behavior problems. Participants were 359 preschool children from 10 public preschools in Bermuda and their parents. Parents completed the Early Childhood Behavior Inventory (ECBI), a measure of the extent to which their children manifested behavior problems. The ECBI used a structure composed of five factors: Conduct and Noncompliance; Tense and Withdrawn; Attention and Neurological; Fearful and Sensitive; and Eating and Elimination. After completing the ECBI, parents responded to 10 Big-5 bipolar marker scales. Analysis indicated that Big-5 marker scales performed predictably according to Big-5 theory. Big-5 language was useful in predicting behavior problems in preschool children, particularly for Conduct, Withdrawal, and Attention and Neurological problems. This research supports the idea that measures of normal personality variation designed to assess most of the Big-5 would be helpful in elucidating developmental psychopathology. Eleven tables of data are included. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Bermuda