Delineating Personality Traits in Childhood and Adolescence: Associations Across Measures, Temperament, and Behavioral Problems

Jennifer L. Tackett, Shauna C. Kushner, Filip De Fruyt, Ivan Mervielde

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

32 Scopus citations

Abstract

The current investigation addressed several questions in the burgeoning area of child personality assessment. Specifically, the present study examined overlapping and nonoverlapping variance in two prominent measures of child personality assessment, followed by tests of convergent and divergent validity with child temperament and psychopathology. Informant report (72.1% mother) was obtained for a community sample of 803 youth (Mage = 11.34 years; 51.6% female). The results revealed strong convergence between two empirically based measures of child personality traits, although some discrepancies were noted. The results from analyses predicting temperament and psychopathology were complex, suggesting that higher order child personality traits account for both shared and unique variance in these constructs, relative to one another. Overall, the current investigation provides a multifaceted contribution to evidence for construct validity of child personality traits and highlights the need for subsequent research in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)738-751
Number of pages14
JournalAssessment
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

Keywords

  • child personality
  • construct validity
  • psychometrics
  • temperament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Delineating Personality Traits in Childhood and Adolescence: Associations Across Measures, Temperament, and Behavioral Problems'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this