Temperament and psychopathology: The “community” to which you belong matters

Wanze Xie, Joe Bathelt, Anna Fasman, Charles A. Nelson, Michelle Bosquet Enlow

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We utilized a community detection approach to longitudinally (a) identify distinct groups of children with common temperament profiles in infancy and at 2 and 3 years of age and (b) determine whether co-occurrence of certain temperament traits may be early predictors of internalizing problems at 5 years of age. Seven hundred and seventy-four infants (360 girls; 88.6% White, 9.8% Hispanic, and 1.6% other races) were recruited from the Boston area. Data collection spanned from 2012 to 2021. The analysis yielded three distinct groups of children with different temperament traits and was associated with significant variation in levels of internalizing symptoms and anxiety diagnosis rate. Our findings suggest that stable temperament “communities” can be detected in early childhood and may predict risk for psychopathology later in life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)995-1011
Number of pages17
JournalChild Development
Issue number4
Early online date28 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

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