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Child Dev. 2019 Jul 4. doi: 10.1111/cdev.13277. [Epub ahead of print]

Observed Profiles of Infant Temperament: Stability, Heritability, and Associations With Parenting.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Abstract

Profiles of infant temperament were derived from 990 infants at 6 and 12 months of age using observed measures from the Laboratory Temperament Assessment Battery. Mothers and fathers completed questionnaires measuring parent affect and stress. Four profiles emerged at each age (typical, low negative, withdrawn/inhibited, and positive/active or low reactive) using latent profile analysis. Temperament profiles show some evidence of stability and heritability, particularly for the withdrawn/inhibited group. In addition, profiles relate to parent affect and stress in different ways for mothers and fathers. Results highlight the utility of a person-centered approach to temperamental research and are discussed in relation to developmental patterns of infant temperament.

PMID:
31273766
PMCID:
PMC6942250
[Available on 2021-01-04]
DOI:
10.1111/cdev.13277

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