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Master of Science (MS)


Family, Consumer, and Human Development


J. Craig Peery


This research investigates the relationship between temperament and sociometric status utilizing a sociometric picture technique and the Parent Temperament Questionnaire for CHildren o3-7 Years of Age, a measurement instrument from the New York Longitudinal Study. The study population consists of sixty-one preschool age children. In the final stage a discriminant function analysis was employed to determine if there was a relationship between the measures of temperament and sociometric status. Although no significant functions emerged, two functions approached significance. The results indicate that popular and amiable children score higher on adaptability and approachability than isolated and rejected children. Also, distractibility appeared to discriminate amiable and rejected children from popular and isolated peers. Collectively, these data suggest temperamental factors may discriminate children according to sociometric status.