Child Psychiatry & Human Development

, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 511–522 | Cite as

Temperamental Profiles of Dysregulated Children

  • Robert R. AlthoffEmail author
  • Lynsay A. Ayer
  • Eileen T. Crehan
  • David C. Rettew
  • Julie R. Baer
  • James J. Hudziak
Original Article


It is crucial to characterize self-regulation in children. We compared the temperamental profiles of children with the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) Dysregulation Profile (CBCL-DP) to profiles associated with other CBCL-derived syndromes. 382 children (204 boys; aged 5–18) from a large family study were examined. Temperamental profiles were based on the Juvenile Temperament and Character Inventory. Children with the CBCL-DP had a temperamental profile characterized by high Novelty Seeking, high Harm Avoidance, low Reward Dependence and low Persistence. Linear mixed models and regression-based models demonstrated that the CBCL-DP was associated with a “disengaged” temperamental profile. This profile is similar to the profile seen in adult disorders of self-regulation, including cluster B personality disorders. These results support the hypothesis that the CBCL-DP measures poor self-regulation.


Juvenile bipolar disorder ADHD CBCL Temperament JTCI 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert R. Althoff
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Lynsay A. Ayer
    • 1
  • Eileen T. Crehan
    • 3
  • David C. Rettew
    • 1
    • 2
  • Julie R. Baer
    • 3
  • James J. Hudziak
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Divisions of Child Psychiatry and Behavioral GeneticsUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  4. 4.Department of MedicineUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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