International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 11 Num. 3 - October 2011


Is temperament activity-specific? Validation of the Structure of Temperament Questionnaire-Compact (STQ-77)

Volume 11 Num. 3 - October 2011 - Pages 389-400


Irina Trofimova , William Sulis


The paper presents benefits of activity-specific model of temperament, and a study of concurrent and discriminant validity of the Structure of Temperament Questionnaire-Compact (STQ-77). The 12 temperamental scales of STQ-77 include 3 emotionality scales and 9 scales measuring dynamical aspects of activity analysed separately for physical, social and intellectual activities (activity-specific approach). The validity of STQ-77 was measured using 220 Canadian participants with the I7 Impulsiveness questionnaire, Locus of Control scale, estimated school grades and time required to complete two tests. The results show high correlation between the three I7 scales and the three similar STQ-77 scales. There is also activity-specific correspondence between school grades estimates, time of testing and STQ-77 scores. The importance of separation of temperament characteristics in three types of activity is discussed.

Key words:

STQ-77, I7, locus of control, activity-specific approach.

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