Children's Behavioral Manifestations of the Five-Factor Model of Personality

Patrick M. Markey, Charlotte N. Markey, Barbara J. Tinsley

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The present study examined relations between ratings of children's personalities using the Five-Factor Model (FFM) of personality and behaviors exhibited by children during an interaction with their parents. Ninety-four children (M age = 10.87 years) and their parents participated in a videotaped interaction; children were coded on 64 different social behaviors using a revised version of the Riverside Behavioral Q-Sort. Mothers completed ratings of their children's personalities using the NEO-Five-Factor Personality Inventory (NEO-FFI). Results indicate an intuitive and predictable pattern of relations between children's personalities and their behaviors. Findings suggest that four of the five factors included in the FFM provide an appropriate framework for describing children's personalities. These findings are discussed in terms of their relevance for helping researchers understand children's personalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-432
Number of pages10
JournalPersonality and social psychology bulletin
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology


  • Behavior
  • Five-Factor Model
  • Personality
  • Preadolescent


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