ATQ2: Adult Temperament Questionnaire on the web

The Adult Temperament Questionnaire 2nd Edition (ATQ2) provides information regarding the temperament of adults (norms from 13-90+ yrs), and is based on the landmark research of Drs. Alexander Thomas, Stella Chess and associates in the New York Longitudinal Study. The ATQ2 was distilled from questionnaire items filled out by the original 130+ NYLS subjects in young adulthood.

Updated in 2008 and again in 2013, the ATQ2 online is now based upon norms established on over 6400 adults who have completed this questionnaire. The self-assessment process allows users to select the norms that will be used for their temperament profile (e.g., college age males, females in their 40s, etc.) or to use the original, now called 'classic,' norms. Using norms that are most appropriate for the individual adjusts the user's profile interpretations to the most relevant age and gender comparison group, resulting in a more meaningful interpretation. Profile category descriptions are based upon five levels for each of the nine scales, allowing for finely grained statements about temperament for each individual. The ATQ2 web process also allows users to purchase access codes for future ATQ2 web profiles so that a significant other, a class of students or clients in a private practice can be referred to this site to establish their own temperament profiles.

What is temperament and what qualities make up my behavioral style?

Categories of temperament or behavioral style indicate how the individual responds to the environment around them, and uses 9 categories to describe these stylistic reactions: activity level, regularity, adaptability, approach to novelty, emotional intensity, quality of mood, sensory sensitivity, distractibility and persistence.

Research has shown that infants children and adults differ in a consistent way from one another on these dimensions and that these characteristics form a part of the foundation of individual personality.

Why should someone know their temperamental qualities?

Completing the ATQ2 allows any adult to determine their own temperament qualities. Knowing one's own temperament can be useful in understanding yourself and your patterns of reaction to situations and events in life. This includes personal behavior as well as parenting behavior. Comparison of one's self-ratings with standardized scores can also show one's level of self-awareness in adulthood. Thomas & Chess felt that adults should be encouraged to learn about and understand their own normal temperament qualities.

What is the process and time commitment to complete the ATQ2 and receive results?
  • read and agree to the terms and conditions of questionnaire use (about 2 minutes)
  • pay the $12.00 USD fee for the survey (about 5 minutes)
  • fill out the questionnaire (about 10 minutes)
  • receive results in the browser window (immediate)
  • receive an email copy as a permanent record. (immediate)
What is needed to complete the Adult Temperament Questionnaire on the web?
  • access to the internet,
  • an active email address
  • a valid credit card.(Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover).