The Development of Early Profiles of Temperament: Characterization, Continuity, and Etiology

Charles Beekman, Jenae M. Neiderhiser, Kristin A. Buss, Eric Loken, Ginger A. Moore, Leslie D. Leve, Jody M. Ganiban, Daniel S. Shaw, David Reiss

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Abstract

This study used a data-driven, person-centered approach to examine the characterization, continuity, and etiology of child temperament from infancy to toddlerhood. Data from 561 families who participated in an ongoing prospective adoption study, the Early Growth and Development Study, were used to estimate latent profiles of temperament at 9, 18, and 27 months. Results indicated that four profiles of temperament best fit the data at all three points of assessment. The characterization of profiles was stable over time, while membership in profiles changed across age. Facets of adoptive parent and birth mother personality were predictive of children's profile membership at each age, providing preliminary evidence for specific environmental and genetic influences on patterns of temperament development from infancy to toddlerhood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1794-1811
Number of pages18
JournalChild development
Volume86
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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