Mother-Father Agreement in Temperament Ratings

A Preliminary Investigation
  • Roy P. Martin
  • Charles F. HalversonJr.
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


There is a sizeable literature which demonstrates that temperament ratings by parents predict meaningful psychological outcomes. In the seminal New York Longitudinal Study, for example, (Thomas, Chess, Birch, Hertzig, & Korn, 1963; Thomas, Chess, & Birch, 1968; Thomas & Chess, 1977) parent reports in the form of interviews were used and were found to be reliable, and to relate in meaningful ways to a variety of outcomes. Building on this work and research from other traditions (e. g., behavior genetics), many parent-rating scales have been developed and several have been widely used. These include the Infant Temperament Questionnaire (Carey & McDevitt, 1978), the Toddler Temperament Questionnaire (Fullard, McDevitt, & Carey, 1978), The Middle Childhood Questionnaire (Hegvik, McDevitt, & Carey, 1982), the Behavior Style Questionnaire (McDevitt & Carey, 1978), the Dimensions of Temperament Survey (Lerner, Palermo, Spiro, & Nesselroade, 1982), and Infant Behavior Questionnaire (Rothbart, 1981). Each of the more widely used measures demonstrated acceptable though varying levels of temporal stability and internal consistency, and substantial concurrent and predictive validity.


Behavior Problem Emotional Intensity Child Temperament Rating Pair Parental Agreement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roy P. Martin
    • 1
  • Charles F. HalversonJr.
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Department of Child and Family DevelopmentUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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