Psychometric properties of a French version of the junior temperament and character inventory

M. Asch, S. Cortese, F. Perez Diaz, A. Pelissolo, V. Aubron, S. Orejarena, E. Acquaviva, Marie Christine Mouren, G. Michel, P. Gorwood, D. Purper-Ouakil

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The junior temperament and character inventory (JTCI) has been developed for the assessment of temperament and character dimensions in childhood based on Cloninger's model of personality. We evaluated the psychometric proprieties of a French child and parent-rated version of the JTCI based on a previous German version, and assessed the correlations between the JTCI dimension scores and the scores on the child behavior checklist (CBCL) in a community sample of French children and adolescents aged 10-16 years. We used data from 452 child-rated and 233 -parent-rated JCTI. The psychometric properties (internal consistency and external validity in relation to the emotionality activity sociability (EAS) questionnaire) of the French JTCI were adequate in the parent-rated version. The parent-rated JTCI had overall better psychometric qualities than the child-rated version, but for both versions of the JTCI the confirmatory factor analysis showed low fit between the observed data and the original model. Dimensions of the EAS model were significantly correlated with the temperament scales of the JTCI. Further studies are required to improve the psychometric properties of the child-rated JTCI, and to provide insight about lacking fit of our data with the theoretical model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-153
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


  • Children
  • Factor analysis
  • Questionnaires
  • Temperament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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