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Temperament profiles associated with internalizing and externalizing problems in preadolescence

  • ALBERTINE J. OLDEHINKEL (a1) (a2), CATHARINA A. HARTMAN (a1), ANDREA F. DE WINTER (a1), RENÉ VEENSTRA (a1) and JOHAN ORMEL (a1)...

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This study investigates how temperament factors are linked to internalizing and externalizing problems in a Dutch population sample of preadolescents (N = 2230). Internalizing and externalizing problems were assessed by the Child Behavior Checklist and the Youth Self-Report and temperament was evaluated by the parent-version of the Revised Early Adolescent Temperament Questionnaire. Temperament profiles were examined in children with (a) neither internalizing nor externalizing problems, (b) only internalizing problems, (c) only externalizing problems, and (d) both internalizing and externalizing problems. The results suggest clearly diverging temperament profiles for these groups of children, with High-Intensity Pleasure and Shyness (representing the broad dimension of Surgency) steering the conditional probability of internalizing and externalizing problems (direction markers), Frustration mainly being related to maladaptation in general (severity marker), and Fear and Effortful Control being associated with both the severity and the direction of internalizing and externalizing problems, respectively. Girls and boys differed in the distribution across the problem groups, but the associations between temperament and psychopathology were comparable for both genders.This research is part of the Tracking Adolescents' Individual Lives Survey (TRAILS). Participating centers of TRAILS include various Departments of the University of Groningen, the Erasmus Medical Center of Rotterdam, the Vrije University of Amsterdam, the University of Nijmegen, and the Trimbos Institute, The Netherlands. TRAILS is financially supported by grants from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (GB-MW 940-38-011, GB-MAG 480-01-006, ZonMw 100-001-001) and the Ministry of Justice (to F.C.V.) and by the participating centers.

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Address correspondence and reprint requests to: A. J. Oldehinkel, Department of Psychiatry, University of Groningen, P.O. Box 30.001, 9700 RB Groningen, The Netherlands; E-mail: a.j.oldehinkel@med.rug.nl.

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Temperament profiles associated with internalizing and externalizing problems in preadolescence

  • ALBERTINE J. OLDEHINKEL (a1) (a2), CATHARINA A. HARTMAN (a1), ANDREA F. DE WINTER (a1), RENÉ VEENSTRA (a1) and JOHAN ORMEL (a1)...

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