Continuity of father-rated temperament from infancy to middle childhood

Niina Komsi, Katri Räikkönen, Kati Heinonen, Anu-Katriina Pesonen, Pertti Keskivaara, Anna-Liisa Järvenpää, Timo E Strandberg

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Continuity of father-rated temperament. in Finnish children (n = 115) aged from 6 months (the IBQ) to 5.5 years (the CBQ) was explored within the theoretical framework developed by Rothbart. Father-rated activity level, smiling and laughter and distress to limitations showed significant differential homotypic and heterotypic continuity, while soothability, duration of orienting and fear showed significant differential heterotypic continuity. On the level of latent superconstructs, father-rated positive and negative infant affectivity accounted for 5.1, 22.7 and 10.0% of the variance in childhood extraversion, effortful control and negative affectivity, respectively. Inter-parental comparisons (n= 109 family units) revealed that father-rated continuity was similar to mother-rated continuity. These findings give empirical credence to Rothbart's theory and to father-rated temperamental continuity from infancy onwards. (C) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)239-254
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 515 Psychology

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