A study by Caspi, Henry, Moffitt and Silva revealed that temperamental style in early childhood might be linked to adjustment style behavior problems during adolescence. The study involved a cohort of 1,037 children born between April 1, 1972 and March 31, 1973, in Dunedin, New Zealand. At ages 3, 4, 7, and 9, the behavior of each child was rated in terms of 22 aspects of temperament. Having followed the children for 12 years, the researcher relied on outcome data from teachers and parents who rated the children at ages 9, 11, 13 and 15 on two widely used behavior problem checklists to assess adjustment behavior problems.
The results, among both boys and girls, there was a significant positive correlation between lack of control at ages 3 and 5 and teacher and parent reports of antisocial behavior and conduct disorder at ages 9 and 11. In addition, boys and girls characterized as lacking in control in early childhood were less likely to be rated in adolescence as mature and confident. The authors suggest that certain temperamental characteristics in young children are actually early, “subclinical” manifestations of more extreme behavior disorders.
The post A study by Caspi, Henry, Moffitt and Silva revealed that temperamental style in early childhood might be linked to adjustment style behavior problems… appeared first on Maths Work Help.