ERIC Number: EJ938218
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
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The Idea of Temperament: Does It Help Parents to Understand Their Babies?
Blackwell, Patricia L.
Zero to Three (J), v24 n4 p37-41 Mar 2004
This article examines whether the idea of "temperament" is a useful construct for families to understand babies' and toddlers' behavior. The author suggests that "regulatory skill" may be a more neutral term than temperament for parents and practitioners to use in discussing individual differences among babies and toddlers and suggests that temperament could be thought of as a classification of regulatory skill. Blackwell emphasizes the need for flexibility in using this construct, as definitions of temperament vary across cultures. The author provides five guidelines for using the construct of temperament as an effective clinical tool with parents of fussy babies.
Descriptors: Toddlers, Personality, Parents, Individual Differences, Parenting Skills, Parent Education, Definitions, Semantics, Extraversion Introversion, Guidelines, Caseworker Approach
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education
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