Measuring child temperament: Validation of a 3-item Temperament Measure and 13-item Impulsivity Scale

E.F.C. Sleddens*, S.P.J. Kremers, N.K. de Vries, C. Thijs

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A 3-item Temperament Measure and a 13-item Impulsivity Scale were tested against the 36-item Children's Behaviour Questionnaire (CBQ). Overall, 229 caregivers completed the CBQ and the 3-item Temperament Measure based on the traits of Surgency, Negative Affectivity and Effortful Control as measured by the CBQ. Their children completed the Impulsivity Scale. Psychometrics of the CBQ and the Impulsivity Scale were examined, which were considered good in terms of internal consistency and factorial structure. The three temperament items correlated with the average scores on the corresponding CBQ factors. Furthermore, Surgency was highly related to Impulsivity. Findings provide evidence for the applicability of the Impulsivity and Temperament Measures for research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-401
JournalEuropean Journal of Developmental Psychology
Issue number3
Early online date30 May 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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