Temperament and Language: Relations From Toddlerhood to Middle Childhood

Cheryl L. Slomkowski, Keith Nelson, Judy Dunn, Robert Plomin

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This study examined contemporaneous and longitudinal relations between temperament and language in toddlerhood and middle childhood. Language was assessed using the Sequenced Inventory of Communicative Development in 229 children at age 2 and in 212 of these children at age 3. Observers rated dimensions of the children's temperament at age 2 on the Infant Behavior Record. In addition, 164 of these children were administered a battery of language measures after the completion of 1st grade. Affect-extraversion at age 2 made a unique contribution to individual differences in both receptive and expressive language at age 3 and to receptive language skills at age 7.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1090-1095
Number of pages6
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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