Protocol - Temperament - Child
The Children’s Behavior Questionnaire (CBQ) is a 195-item, parent-report questionnaire used to measure the temperament of a child (3-7 years old). The 36-item instrument Very Short Form (CBQ-VSF) includes questions from the original CBQ to assess three broad factors (urgency/extraversion, negative affectivity, effortful control). Respondents are asked to read each description of behavior and indicate how many times in the past week the child exhibited this behavior. Respondents should circle the frequency on a 7-point Likert scale, beginning with "extremely untrue of your child" (1) and ending with "extremely true of your child" (7). A "not applicable" response is also available.
The Children’s Behavior Questionnaire (CBQ) may be obtained by completing the request form on Mary Rothbart’s website (http://www.bowdoin.edu/~sputnam/rothbart-temperament-questionnaires/) and sending the form to the contact person indicated. Information about scoring the instrument is also available by request.
Protocol Name from Source:
Children’s Behavior Questionnaire-Very Short Form (CBQ-VSF)
Personnel and Training Required
|Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection||No|
|Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual||No|
Mode of Administration
Parent of a child aged 3-7 years
Dr. Mary Rothbart is a pioneer in the measure of temperament, and her Children’s Behavior Questionnaire (CBQ) has been used successfully since 1994 and translated into 20 languages. The instrument was revised in 2006 to create a Short Form (CBQ-SF) and Very Short Form (CBQ-VSF). The original instrument had 195 items and 15 scales.
English, Spanish, Available in 20 other languages
|Common Data Elements (CDE)||Child Temperament Assessment Scale||3162869||CDE Browser|
|Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC)||Temperament - child proto||62935-2||LOINC|
Process and Review
The Expert Review Panel 4 (ERP 4) reviewed the measures in the Neurology, Psychiatric, and Psychosocial domains.
Guidance from ERP 4 included the following:
· No changes
Putnam, S. P., & Rothbart, M. K. (2006). Development of short and very short forms of the Children’s Behavior Questionnaire. Journal of Personality Assessment, 87(1), 103-113.
Rothbart, M. K., Ahadi, S. A., Hershey, K. L., & Fisher, P. (2001). Investigations of temperament at 3-7 years: The Children’s Behavior Questionnaire. Child Development, 72, 1394-1408.
Rothbart, M. K., Ahadi, S. A., & Hershey, K. L. (1994). Temperament and social behavior in childhood. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 40, 21-39.
Rothbart, M. K., & Bates, J. E. (1998). Temperament. In W. Damon (Series Ed.) & N. Eisenberg (Vol. Ed.), Handbook of child psychology: Vol. 3. Social, emotional and personality development (5th ed., pp. 105-176). New York: Wiley.
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November 21, 2016
This is a measure used to assess individual differences in emotional and motor reactivity and the attentional capacities that support self-regulation in children.
Temperament includes several dimensions of emotion and reactivity that are part of a person’s personality. Maturation and life experiences change these dimensions as a person ages. These dimensions can be measured via questionnaires, and the results may be correlated with changes in personality and behaviors later in life.
Psychosocial, affect, behavior, mood, impulsivity, personality