Date Thesis Awarded
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Danielle H. Dallaire
Catherine A. Forestell
This research project was a secondary analysis from a longitudinal study conducted in Chicago neighborhoods. Participants were 1104 adolescents (M age = 13.53, SD = 1.54) and their primary caretakers. The current study looked at Wave 1 and Wave 2 (1994-1997 & 1997-1999) data. Primary caretakers completed the Emotionality, Activity, Sociability, and Impulsivity Temperament Survey (EASI) to assess adolescents' activity level, sociability, inhibitory control, decision time, and persistence (Buss & Plomin, 1984). Adolescents completed the Youth Self Report (YSR) with the internalizing and externalizing broad band scales assessed (Achenbach & Rescorla, 2001). Controlling for gender, age, seven environmental risk variables and Wave 1 behavior problems, the current study found activity level and sociability to protect against the development of internalizing and inhibitory control protect against the development of externalizing behavior problems three years later. These findings have important implications as to which traits should be nurtured in at-risk adolescents for better developmental outcomes.
Ege, Engin, "Temperamental Characteristics that Serve as Protective Factors Against Development of Behavior Problems" (2011). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 380.
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