Welcome to Temperament.com

Temperament.com is about behavioral individuality in infants, toddlers, children and adults.Just as babies are born with their own combination of physical characteristics such as hair and eye color, skin tone, and physique, behavioral scientists know that each one has patterns of behavior, or temperament, that are also part of their uniqueness.

Temperament as defined here refers to individual differences in behavioral style, the study of which follow from the work of Alexander Thomas and Stella chess and colleagues in the new York Longitudinal Study which began in the 1950s, This location is not limited to just that work, however; it includes other models and frameworks that have grown out to the initial studies.

The B-DI website is intended as a clearinghouse for research and practical information about temperamental characteristics to be used by parents, students, professionals and others who have an interest in behavioral individuality.

Parents

Parents
Why are children so different? Because each has his or her own temperament! This accounts for why infants and children need to be raised in different ways. Parenting methods and techniques must be compatible with their personalities.

Students

Students
Individual differences in temperament are studied in numerous fields, including child psychology, personality, nursing, behavioral genetics, education, psychiatry, social work and many other fields where there is interest in the biological underpinnings of behavior.

Researchers

Researchers
Research in temperament has blossomed in the last 25 years through the efforts of literally hundreds of scientists in many disciplines.

Clinicians

Clinicians
Temperamental characteristics are important facets of child behavior and can be assessed and used for parent education and guidance by members of many professional groups.

Resources

Resources
At B-DI resources include books for parents and professionals, newletter subscription, questionnaires for assessing temperament and related issues, scoring software, technical support info etc.