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560 4/2 02/04/2009 13:12:00 Internal Factors: Individual Differences Temperament Style of responding to the environment Attributes (p 393) o Fearful distress: adjustment to new situations o Irritable distress: fussiness, anger o o Activity level: amount of movement o Positive affect: approach, manageability o Rhythmicity: regularity of bodily functions Measuring Temperament o Parental questionnaires, longitudinal Identified behavioral traits 3 types of temperament o Goldsmith et al: add behavioral observations Also EEG, cortisol; less biased than questionnaires? o 3 types of temparament Easy (40%): predictable, positive, adaptable Difficult (10%): active, irritable, unpredictable Slow-to-warm-up (15%): inactive, moody, slow to adapt What about other 35%? Stability of Temperament o NZ study: negativity stable from 3-18
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o Behavioral inhibition: High in fearful distress
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