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Temperament Change: The Role of Stressful Lifeevents During Adolescence

By O.M. Laceulle


This study examined how stressful life-events were related to changes in temperament traits during early and middle adolescence. 1197 adolescents were interviewed with regard to lifeevents using an Event History Calendar. Parents rated adolescent temperament. Results revealed normative temperament changes between ages 11 and 16. Adolescents exposed to stressful events showed changes in traits that slightly deviated from changes found at the group-level. Fear and Frustration were most sensitive to stressful events. Additionally, cumulative effects of multiple events were found. Events likely to be person-independent were more often related to changes in traits than person-dependent events were. Results confirm that adolescents exposed to stressful events show changes in traits that deviate from normative temperament change

Topics: Sociale Wetenschappen, adolescence, temperament change, EATQ-R, stressful life-events, EHC
Year: 2009
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