Measuring negative emotionality using the Infant Behavior Questionnaire-Revised Very Short Form in a low income, diverse sample

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Esther M. Leerkes, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Infant temperament, particularly negative emotionality, is a frequently studied construct in infancy given its links with later child outcomes and family functioning. For example, heightened negative emotionality in infancy is associated with later problem behaviors in young children such as internalizing and externalizing symptoms (Rothbart & Bates, 2006). In addition, infant negative emotionality is associated with greater parenting stress, depression, and marital difficulties, and with less sensitive parental behavior particularly when other risks are present (Crockenberg & Leerkes, 2003). Therefore, it is important to adequately measure negative emotionality early in life. Negative emotionality has been described as a dimension of temperament that includes the frequency and intensity with which infants experience emotions such as sadness, frustration/anger, fear, and discomfort (Rothbart & Bates, 2006).

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Infant Behavior and Development, 42, 100-103
Language: English
Date: 2016
infant temperament, parental stress, negative infant emotionality, infant distress

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