Temperament and Behavioral/Emotional Adjustment
The linkage between early temperament and behavior problems during middle childhood found by the NYLS group served as a catalyst for the study of temperament. Data based on the FLS and other longitudinal studies have not only replicated the findings of the NYLS researchers regarding the predictive power of early temperament with respect to behavioral adjustment, but also have extended downward the age at which temperament has been shown to foretell childhood behavior problems. This chapter details results from the FLS data regarding concurrent and predictive relations between temperament and behavior problems using multiple informants (parents, teachers, adolescent self-reports) and state-of-the-art behavior problem measures.
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