The Junior Temperament and Character Inventory: Psychometric Properties of Multi-Informant Ratings

Karin Boson

Karin Boson

Karin Boson, PhD Student of Psychology, Gothenburg University recently published a new article through the American Psychological Association in collaboration with Sven Brändström, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Sören Sigvardsson, Umeå University.

The aims of the study were (a) to establish norms for the Swedish child self-report and caregiver rating versions of the Junior and Temperament Character Inventory (JTCI) among young adolescents, (b) to investigate its psychometric properties, and (c) to investigate congruence between children’s self-reports and caregivers’ ratings of a child’s personality. The sample was a general population of 1,046 children ages 12–14 years and 654 caregivers. The JTCI was found to be reliable on all dimensions except Persistence in the child self-report version. Caregivers rated their own children’s personalities as more mature than did the children themselves. Caregivers especially overestimated their daughters’ selfreported capabilities for self-acceptance and self-efficacy and might have underestimated their daughters’ need for emotional support. This highlights the importance of including the child’s self-report on personality in both research and clinical assessments. The results also support the importance of age- and gender-separated norms.

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Karin Boson have also met with EARA's section of young researchers and presented her studies on Well-being, Mental Health Problems, and Alcohol Experiences among Young Swedish Adolescents: a General Population Study. To read more click here and scroll down to the month of July.