Reactive and regulative temperament in youths: psychometric evaluation of the Early Adolescent Temperament Questionnaire-Revised.

P. Muris*, C.M.G. Meesters

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The present study examined the psychometric properties of the self-report version of the Early Adolescent Temperament Questionnaire-Revised (EATQ-R), which is a scale for measuring reactive and regulative temperament traits, in a large sample of children and adolescents (N = 1,055). The results indicated that the internal consistency was acceptable for most EATQ-R temperament scales. Further, principal components analysis of the instrument yielded a structure with nine components, which generally reflected the temperament scales of the EATQ-R. The test-retest stability of the scale was moderate to good, whereas the parent-child agreement was rather low. Finally, the scale correlated in a theoretically meaningful way with children's self-reports of personality and psychopathology. It can be concluded that the EATQ-R is a useful scale for measuring aspects of reactive and regulative temperament in children and adolescents, although there is certainly room for improving the instrument.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-19
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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