The Importance of Temperament-Environment Interaction for Child Health and Development

  • William B. Carey
Part of the Genesis of Behavior book series (GOBE, volume 3)


Children’s temperaments contribute significantly to their interactions with their environments. Sometimes this happens in stressful ways that result in problems in their health or development. Although the quality of the interaction is generally more important than either the temperament or the environment alone, some temperament patterns seem more likely than others to lead to these problems in the child. For example, the “difficult child” syndrome appears to predispose to a variety of behavioral dysfunctions in diverse caretaking settings, while the characteristics of high activity or low sensory threshold seem to do so only under certain circumstances.


Child Psychiatry Night Waking Difficult Temperament Functional Abdominal Pain Infant Temperament 
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