Conference Details

Date & Location

Pre-Conference: Nov. 7

East Memorial Stadium
University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus
Lincoln, Neb.

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Conference: Nov. 8-9

Nebraska Union
University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus
Lincoln, Neb.

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Temperament: Biology, Behavior and Adjustment

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jack Bates

Jack Bates, PhDThe 2014 Occasional Temperament Conference featured a keynote address from Dr. Jack Bates, professor of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University. As an internationally recognized expert in the development of children's common behavioral problems, Bates' research has focused specifically on temperament, family processes and, most recently, sleep.

Bates has a long-standing interest in temperament-related issues – attending the inaugural OTC in 1978 – and has accrued nearly 200 publications, many on the links between temperament and children's developmental outcomes. He currently receives grant funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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Bates' Keynote Address

Practical Temperament Tools: Suggestions from Social Development Research
Social adjustment is a broad construct, which includes not only behavior problems in family, peer and academic settings, but also positive behavior and success. A major goal of the work is discoveries that contribute to advances in treating and preventing behavior problems. Temperament concepts have been prominent in this research. However, in theory, temperament does not work in isolation, but works in concert with multiple child and environment characteristics. Research and theory have not fully specified the developmental processes involving temperament, but progress has been made. Models have tested a number of linear, additive processes, and increasingly, non-linear, interactive processes.

In this talk, I will review key additive processes involving temperament, environment, and social development. I will also consider several, theoretically appealing temperament X environment interaction patterns that deserve testing in the context of efforts to change developmental trajectories of adjustment. And finally, I will consider some more speculative processes, including sleep deficit X temperament interactions, that also may eventually contribute to practical efforts.