Child Temperament and Parenting Experiences

The Temperament and Narratives Lab at the University of Maryland is studying the relationship between parenting experiences and a child’s temperament, executive functioning, and social competence in early school-aged children.

What do we mean by temperament? It comprises individual differences in children’s dispositions such as how physically active they are, how they react emotionally, and how they pay attention. These characteristics influence their responses to their surroundings. In turn, others, including parents, respond setting up reciprocal patterns.

To better understand relations between children’s temperament and parenting experiences, we have developed an on-line survey for parents with two additional options. One is for parents to engage in a structured video interview with a lab member. Another is for the child to participate online with some engaging tasks such as telling stories. For parents who volunteer for the structured interview, the questions are preceded by descriptions of temperament traits which may provide you with insights about the child.

The generosity of interested families' time is greatly appreciated and will contribute to this research. If you are interested or know of someone who may be interested and have a child between the ages of 5-7, please complete the survey accessible with the link below.  The first thing you will see is the informed consent form, which details procedures, including the processes to protect confidentiality.

Child Temperament and Parenting Experiences Study Flyer. Includes information about temperament, the activities in the study, and how to sign-up for the study.