Can parents and teachers provide a reliable and valid report of behavioral inhibition?

Gillian Bishop, Susan H. Spence*, Casey McDonald

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    Abstract

    Reliability and validity of parent and teacher report of behavioral inhibition (BI) was examined among children aged 3 to 5 years. Confirmatory factor analysis supported 6 correlated factors reflecting specific BI contexts, each loading on a single, higher order factor of BI. Internal consistency was acceptable, with moderate stability over 1 year and strong correlation with a brief inhibition subscale from a temperament questionnaire. Children who were rated by mothers and teachers as high BI took longer to initiate contact with a stranger, spoke less often and for shorter periods, and required more prompting to elicit speech compared with low-BI peers in a simulated stranger interaction task. Father report of BI was significantly associated with mean duration of speech and eye gaze.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1899-1917
    Number of pages19
    JournalChild Development
    Volume74
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003

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