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Exploring an integrative model of infant behavior: what is the relationship among temperament, sensory processing, and neurobehavioral measures?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21397952     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Traditionally, developmental psychology, occupational/physical therapy, and behavioral pediatrics view similar infant behaviors from temperament, sensory processing, or neurobehavioral theoretical perspectives. This study examined the relations between similar and unique summary scores of three infant assessments (Early Infancy Temperament Questionnaire - EITQ, the Infant Sensory Profile - ISP, and the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale - NNNS) in a healthy sample of 100, one-month-old infants. A Principal Components Analysis of selected subscale scores derived from the three assessments suggested a three-factor model. Temperament and sensory summary scores had the strongest relations on two factors: Sensory-Affective Reactivity and Engagement. A third factor had strong relations between state regulation and motor competence. This new integrative model also validates an existing model and expands explanation of infant behavior across disciplines and methods which have significant implications for assessment, intervention, and management practices.
Andrea DeSantis; Debra Harkins; Ed Tronick; Edith Kaplan; Marjorie Beeghly
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2011-03-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infant behavior & development     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1934-8800     ISO Abbreviation:  Infant Behav Dev     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-06     Completed Date:  2012-05-29     Revised Date:  2013-06-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806016     Medline TA:  Infant Behav Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  280-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Developmental Medicine, Children's Hospital, Child Development Unit, 1295 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215, United States.
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MeSH Terms
Follow-Up Studies
Infant Behavior / physiology*,  psychology
Infant, Newborn
Principal Component Analysis* / methods
Sensation / physiology*
Temperament / physiology*
Grant Support
R01 HD037138-01A1/HD/NICHD NIH HHS

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