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The 21st Occasional Temperament Conference. October 20-22, 2016
Talaris Conference Center, Seattle, WA
otc21 OTC21 Preconference meeting.

Report of the OTC 21 Meetings from the Organizers. Posted December 14, 2016.

The theme of the 2016 Occasional Temperament Conference was “Temperament across the lifespan: From biology to intervention,” with the goal of integrating basic biological, behavioral and mental health research with their translation to prevention and intervention. This meeting included several preconference events, offering clinical and advanced quantitative training, with a record number of conference attendees and community members taking advantage of these OTC opportunities. The conference consisted of 8 symposia and over 20 poster presentations, all informing the audience regarding current scientific inquiry into temperament and related fields.

The keynote address given my Nathan Fox was particularly illuminating, spanning the spectrum of studies addressing the development behavioral inhibition and highlighting the work of his prominent former students.

Jan Kristal award recipients broke new ground as well, with the work of Jack Bates and Kåre S. Olafsen, the first academic and the first European colleagues recognized at this meeting.

In another innovative move, this meeting was co-hosted by Liliana Lengua (University of Washington) and Masha Gartstein (Washington State University), who shared responsibility for planning the meeting.

Seattle proved to be a worthy destination, providing many tourist attractions along with information shared at the OTC sessions. As is customary, the next location was discussed at the planning session at the end of the meeting, with potential future sites including US and European destinations – stay tuned!

Click here for Conference details. Click here for OTC 21 Abstracts of Papers & Posters
OTC 2014 held in Lincoln, Nebraska! Posted November 19, 2014.

Report from the Temperament Consortium OTC 20 Meetings

Pre-Conference: Nov. 7
Conference: Nov. 8-9
Nebraska Union
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, Neb.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The 2014 OTC meeting held last weekend in Lincoln, NE was superb! A gathering of 60+ professionals in the areas of research, practice and education attended a preconference, 8 symposia, 15 posters and a keynote address by Jack Bates. Attendees came from as far away as Australia, Spain, Poland and Mexico City. Sandee McClowry and Helen Neville each received a Jan Kristal Memorial Award for application of temperament to benefit children. Kathy Rudasill, the organizer, along with a group of dedicated students did a marvelous job of hosting the meeting and assisting with local arrangements. This conference will be remembered in particular because of her Nebraska Nice! hospitality. A planning meeting was held at the end of the conference to discuss the date and location of the next OTC. Kathy also requested that presenters share their slides, and will post these and photos taken at the meeting in the near future.
Posted by Sean McDevitt, Listserv Moderator

Click here for Conference details.

Click here for copies of slides and presentations and to view photos.

ATQ2: 2013 Edition
Posted September 18, 2013.

Upgrades to web-based assessments & ATQ2 iReport Writer.

New norms based on 6400 subjects!

Updated in 2008 and now again in 2013, the ATQ2 online is 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. Profile category descriptions are based upon five levels for each of the nine scales, allowing for finely grained statements about temperament for each individual.
Further refinements make the ATQ2 easier to use. New auto-advancing during questionnaire input and pre-submit entry checking reduce user errors. New printing capabilitites enable one click printing of the 3 page reports or creation of a pdf file version of the ATQ2 report.

Click here for ATQ2 information about the online web assessment.

Click here to view the ATQ2 2013 edition iReport Writer options.

Posted November 6, 2008.
The ATQ2: Same Instrument with New Norms and Profiling.

The Adult Temperament Questionnaire provides information regarding the temperament of adults, and is based on the landmark research of Drs. Alexander Thomas, Stella Chess and associates in the New York Longitudinal Study.

Categories of temperament or behavioral style indicate how the individual responds to the environment around him or her, the how of behavior. Research has shown that infants, children and adults differ in a consistent way from one another on these dimensions and that these characteristics are part of the foundation of individual personality. The new ATQ2 uses 9 categories to describe these reactions: activity level, regularity, adaptability, approach to novelty, emotional intensity, quality of mood, sensory sensitivity, distractibility and persistence.

This 54 item self report questionnaire was distilled from questionnaire items used with the original NYLS sample as part of the early adult followup studies. In 1998, the original ATQ was standardized on the NYLS sample and initial reliability was established. Over the first 9 years of use by clinicians and researchers, the ATQ was utilized in clinical and academic research settings, and data were collected on over 3000 individuals.

In 2008, the ATQ online was updated to incorporate user experience and feedback. Broader norms were established, based on over 3400 adults who had completed the original questionnaire. The process now 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. Doing this adjusts the user's profile comparisons to an appropriate age and gender reference group, resulting in a more meaningful interpretations. In addition profile category descriptions have been extended from three to five levels for each of the nine scales, allowing for finer grained statements about temperament for each individual.

New Features:

The ATQ online questionnnaire now allows users to purchase access codes for future ATQ web profiles so that a significant other, a class of students and/or clients in a private practice can be referred for their own temperament profiles. Discount pricing allows for larger numbers of access codes.

Hand scored practice sets and refill sets now include access codes for a virtual profile sheet call ATQ iProfile. By entering the raw scores and impressions online, a custom profile sheet is created using the age and gender norms selected for comparison.

What options are available for accessing the ATQ 2nd Edition?
  • Professional Practice Sets with Test Manual, User's Guide with questionnaires, scoring and profile sheets. Click here.
  • ATQ2 iReport Writer software uses and iReport Writer practice sets.Click here.
  • Questionnaire refills, with and without scoring and profile sheets.Click here.
  • ipasscode.com-ATQ2 referrals can be made for clients. Now available!Click here.
  • Online self-test on the www.b-di.com home page. Get additional access codes for others.Click here.