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ERIC Number: EJ1050880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0165-0254
Stability of Child Behavioral Style in the First 30 Months of Life: Single Timepoint and Aggregated Measures
Parade, Stephanie H.; Dickstein, Susan; Schiller, Masha; Hayden, Lisa; Seifer, Ronald
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v39 n2 p121-129 Mar 2015
The current study examined the stability of temperament over time. Observers and mothers rated child behavior at eight timepoints across three assessment waves (8, 15, and 30 months of age). Internal consistency reliability of aggregates of the eight observer reports and eight mother reports were high. When considering single timepoint assessments, stability of temperament between assessment waves was generally low to moderate in magnitude. When the eight observations were aggregated, rather than when single timepoints were considered, between-wave stability of temperament increased. Mother reports of temperament were generally more stable than observer reports. Results have important methodological implications and suggest multiple observations of child behavior within a single developmental period are necessary to evaluate the stability of temperament over time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression
Grant or Contract Numbers: R01-MH51301