Measuring temperament in pediatric practice

B. Vaughn, Amos S Deinard, B. Egeland

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The present study reports data concerning the discriminant validity of the Carey Infant Temperament Questionnaire. Subjects were 187 primiparous women who completed a battery of psychologic tests prior to the births of their infants. They also filled out the ITQ at three and six months after the baby was born. Nine of the 20 variables derived from the prenatal test battery discriminated mothers whose babies were diagnosed as temperamentally "difficult" from those whose infants were diagnosed as temperamentally "easy" based on three-month ITQ scores. Seven of the prenatal variables similarly discriminated these two groups on the six-month ITQ. The implications of these findings for uses of the ITQ are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)510-514
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of pediatrics
Issue number3 PART 1
StatePublished - Mar 1980

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Funding Information:
From the Institute of Child Development, Department of Pediatrics, and Department of Psychoeducational Studies, College of Education, University of Minnesota. Supported by grant 90-C-424 from the office of Human Development, Administration for Children, Youth and Families, National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. *Reprint address: 548 Elliott Hall, University of Minnesota, N-548, Minneapolis, MN 55455.


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