Differential Susceptibility to Negative Life Events: The Interactive Influence of Temperament

Time and Location
Poster Session VII - Board: VII-060
Saturday May 24, 2008, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Exhibit Hall

Jackson A. Goodnight
Indiana University

John E. Bates
Indiana University

Gregory S. Pettit
Auburn University

Kenneth A. Dodge
Duke University

Negative life events increase children’s risk for externalizing behaviors. However, favorable dispositional factors, including easy temperament, attenuate these effects. This study tested whether temperamental resistance to control and unadaptability interact to strengthen effects of negative life events. As hypothesized, effects were strongest for youths high in both resistance and unadaptability.

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Laura L. Carstensen