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OTC 2014 held in Lincoln, Nebraska! Posted November 19, 2014.
Report from the Temperament Consortium OTC 20 Meetings

Pre-Conference: Nov. 7
Conference: Nov. 8-9
Nebraska Union
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, Neb.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The 2014 OTC meeting held last weekend in Lincoln, NE was superb! A gathering of 60+ professionals in the areas of research, practice and education attended a preconference, 8 symposia, 15 posters and a keynote address by Jack Bates. Attendees came from as far away as Australia, Spain, Poland and Mexico City. Sandee McClowry and Helen Neville each received a Jan Kristal Memorial Award for application of temperament to benefit children. Kathy Rudasill, the organizer, along with a group of dedicated students did a marvelous job of hosting the meeting and assisting with local arrangements. This conference will be remembered in particular because of her Nebraska Nice! hospitality. A planning meeting was held at the end of the conference to discuss the date and location of the next OTC. Kathy also requested that presenters share their slides, and will post these and photos taken at the meeting in the near future.
Posted by Sean McDevitt, Listserv Moderator

Click here for Conference details.

Click here for copies of slides and presentations and to view photos.

ATQ2: 2013 Edition
Posted September 18, 2013.
Upgrades to web-based assessments & ATQ2 iReport Writer.

New norms based on 6400 subjects!

Updated in 2008 and now again in 2013, the ATQ2 online is based upon norms established on over 6400 adults who have completed this questionnaire. The self-assessment process allows users to select the norms that will be used for their temperament profile (e.g., college age males, females in their 40s, etc.) or to use the original, now called 'classic,' norms. Profile category descriptions are based upon five levels for each of the nine scales, allowing for finely grained statements about temperament for each individual.
Further refinements make the ATQ2 easier to use. New auto-advancing during questionnaire input and pre-submit entry checking reduce user errors. New printing capabilitites enable one click printing of the 3 page reports or creation of a pdf file version of the ATQ2 report.

Click here for ATQ2 information about the online web assessment.

Click here to view the ATQ2 2013 edition iReport Writer options.

CBAM: A New Book for Professionals.
Posted January 28, 2012.
Child Behavioral Assessment and Management: Theory & Practice.

William B. Carey, MD & Sean C. McDevitt, PhD, (2012)

This book, written by two clinicians who have worked for many years in primary care, suggests that health care professionals should view children's behavior as a spectrum where normal conflicts shade into problems and then disordered behavior, rather than making a categorical judgment about whether symptoms being presented by the caregiver are severe enough to diagnose and treat as an abnormal condition.

CBAM2 2012

Click here for free copy in PDF format

OTC- 2010- REPORT by William B. Carey, MD -October, 16, 2010
Note: Reprinted from a post on the TC Listserv
Successful meeting- Those who were not able to attend the 18th Occasional Temperament Conference a week ago will be glad to know that it was a great success. Much credit goes to our host, Sam Putnam and his group at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. It was in some ways a transitional year, which he managed masterfully. (Earlier Bowdoin graduates such as Hawthorne, Longfellow, and Ambassador George Mitchell would be proud.)
Attendance was about 80, larger than the usual 50 or so, bigger but not too big. The usual friendly atmosphere prevailed and there was sufficient time to discuss matters formally and informally. Participants were the usual mixture of academic and clinical practitioner researchers, coming from all over the USA, several countries in Europe, and elsewhere. The program offered various aspects of temperament research. Theoretical investigations covered environmental effects on, and interactions of temperament with, family, school, and culture and physical ones like intrauterine cocaine exposure. Discussion of clinical applications included problem solving in pediatrics, nursing, clinical psychology and education. Other discussions focused on "What is temperament now" and temperament-cognitive links. The 24 posters offered further views.
A novelty this year was three simultaneous preconference workshops on person-centered analysis, clinical applications, and cross-cultural data. Previously we have avoided splitting up the whole group in any way in order to avoid creating factions. I believe, however, that this year's experience demonstrated that such special interest sessions are a valuable addition to consider repeating next time.
Another innovation was the initiation of the Kristal award. This was named for Jan Kristal, who hosted the previous OTC meeting in 2008 in San Rafael, CA, but who died of cancer shortly after. The intention was to recognize at each OTC meeting a person who like Jan has made significant contributions to the clinical applications of temperament research, which is much in need of encouragement. The ad hoc committee (who excluded themselves from consideration) decided on three recipients for this year in order to catch up after 12 years with no such recognition. Those honored: Barbara Keogh, Jim Cameron, and Sean McDevitt. We expect this to become a regular part of the OTC.
Plans for the future-After each OTC there is always a scramble to decide where the next one should be held. We make it up as we go along. For the present there seems to be a consensus for keeping the meetings in the USA and resisting the allure of holding them in Europe. There have been several independent temperament meetings over there (London, Como, Leiden, etc.) but no recurring series like ours. Many participants are concerned that we would lose the involvement of our younger researchers who are less able to afford the expenses of transatlantic travel. Two possible prospects for 2012 are Salt Lake City and Seattle. We await further details of these and other potential proposals.
Thanks again, Sam.
Best wishes,
The schedule of meetings and presentations at OTC 2010 is here
Posted November 6, 2008.
The ATQ2: Same Instrument with New Norms and Profiling.

The Adult Temperament Questionnaire provides information regarding the temperament of adults, and is based on the landmark research of Drs. Alexander Thomas, Stella Chess and associates in the New York Longitudinal Study.

Categories of temperament or behavioral style indicate how the individual responds to the environment around him or her, the how of behavior. Research has shown that infants, children and adults differ in a consistent way from one another on these dimensions and that these characteristics are part of the foundation of individual personality. The new ATQ2 uses 9 categories to describe these reactions: activity level, regularity, adaptability, approach to novelty, emotional intensity, quality of mood, sensory sensitivity, distractibility and persistence.

This 54 item self report questionnaire was distilled from questionnaire items used with the original NYLS sample as part of the early adult followup studies. In 1998, the original ATQ was standardized on the NYLS sample and initial reliability was established. Over the first 9 years of use by clinicians and researchers, the ATQ was utilized in clinical and academic research settings, and data were collected on over 3000 individuals.

In 2008, the ATQ online was updated to incorporate user experience and feedback. Broader norms were established, based on over 3400 adults who had completed the original questionnaire. The process now allows users to select the norms that will be used for their temperament profile (e.g., college age males, females in their 40s, etc.) or to use the original, now called 'classic,'norms. Doing this adjusts the user's profile comparisons to an appropriate age and gender reference group, resulting in a more meaningful interpretations. In addition profile category descriptions have been extended from three to five levels for each of the nine scales, allowing for finer grained statements about temperament for each individual.

New Features:

The ATQ online questionnnaire now allows users to purchase access codes for future ATQ web profiles so that a significant other, a class of students and/or clients in a private practice can be referred for their own temperament profiles. Discount pricing allows for larger numbers of access codes.

Hand scored practice sets and refill sets now include access codes for a virtual profile sheet call ATQ iProfile. By entering the raw scores and impressions online, a custom profile sheet is created using the age and gender norms selected for comparison.

What options are available for accessing the ATQ 2nd Edition?
  • Professional Practice Sets with Test Manual, User's Guide with questionnaires, scoring and profile sheets. Click here.

  • ATQ2 iReport Writer software uses and iReport Writer practice
    sets. Click here.

  • Questionnaire refills, with and without scoring and profile
    sheets. Click here.

  • ipasscode.com-ATQ2 referrals can be made for clients.
    Now available! Click here.

  • Online self-test on the www.b-di.com home page. Get additional access codes for others. Click here.
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