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A large population cohort provides normative data for investigation of temperament.
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PMID:  15233716     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the psychometric properties of widely used scales for assessing temperament in a large birth cohort. We simultaneously compared the properties of the temperament dimensions of the Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire (TPQ) and of the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI). METHOD: As part of the 31-year follow-up survey of the prospective Northern Finland 1966 Birth Cohort, the TPQ and TCI temperament questions were filled in by 4349 subjects (1974 males, 2375 males). Factor analysis and Cronbach's alpha were used to explore the psychometric properties of the scales. RESULTS: Of the three higher-order dimensions the reward dependence (RD) was the only one performing poorly in our study sample. Cronbach's alpha was higher in the TCI than in the TPQ. CONCLUSION: The results indicate good performance of the TCI and TPQ. Factor analysis support adoption of four temperament dimensions and suggest that developmental work is still needed in the RD dimension.
J Miettunen; L Kantojärvi; J Ekelund; J Veijola; J T Karvonen; L Peltonen; M R Järvelin; N Freimer; D Lichtermann; M Joukamaa
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Validation Studies    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica     Volume:  110     ISSN:  0001-690X     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Psychiatr Scand     Publication Date:  2004 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-05     Completed Date:  2004-10-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370364     Medline TA:  Acta Psychiatr Scand     Country:  Denmark    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  150-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Oulu University, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland.
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Cohort Studies
Personality Inventory / standards*
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