Filza Khan

Document Type

Honors Thesis


The current study examines the relationship between parent’s anxiety levels and their children’s temperament and behavior problems. Temperament is defined as early emerging individual differences in emotional and behavioral dimensions of development. It is generally considered to be biologically-based, relatively stable, and serves as the basis for adult personality. Temperament dimensions are related to early child behavior problems, which in turn may predict psychopathology outcomes. Participants included 201 children (104 Male) between the ages of 2.5 and 5.5 years and their parents. Parents completed a self-reported anxiety symptom inventory, and questionnaires assessing their children’s temperament and behavior problems. Mean gender differences were examined for all child variables, and bivariate correlation analyses were performed on all parent and child data. Results indicated that both parent State and Trait Anxiety levels were associated with ratings of child temperament and behavior problems. Trait Anxiety was a more significant indicator of child outcomes.

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