Early Temperament as a Predictor of Child Mental Health

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Abstract

The present follow-up study examined the contribution of early temperament to mental health in preschool and school years. Participants represent a community sample of 96 children (54% female) from urban and rural areas of Russia. Temperament was measured by the Infant Behavior Questionnaire-Revised and the Early Childhood Behavior Questionnaire; mental health was assessed using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. Effortful control and negative affectivity accounted for 17% of the variance in internalizing problems and 6% in externalizing problems, and results also highlighted the contribution of lower-order traits. Our findings emphasize the importance of broadband and fine-grained early temperamental traits for later mental health in the Russian context and support the predominant role of effortful control and negative affectivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1493-1506
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Childhood
  • Follow-up
  • Infancy
  • Mental health
  • Temperament
  • Toddlerhood
  • UNITED-STATES
  • BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS
  • OF-AMERICA US
  • NEGATIVE EMOTIONALITY
  • DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS
  • IMPULSIVITY
  • CROSS-CULTURAL DIFFERENCES
  • EFFORTFUL CONTROL
  • INFANT TEMPERAMENT
  • LONGITUDINAL RELATIONS

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