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PROGRAM: Pre-conference Workshops

PROGRAM: Pre-conference Workshops

Using Latent Class Analysis to Identity and Predict Temperament Typologies
Dr. Andy Supple, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

This pre-conference workshop will focus on using latent class analysis to identify types of children with respect to temperament. Participants will learn how these analyses are advantageous to their own work, why researchers use these “person-centered” approaches, and how to conduct the analyses using Mplus. The workshop will be a hands-on demonstration of how to: (1) identify the optimal number of typologies/classes using statistical tests and model fit, (2) predict the likelihood of participants being classified into the various typologies, and (3) how to differentiate outcome variables that are “in the model” versus not. Sample input and output files will be provided as well as generated data sets that participants may use to practice on their own.

Applying Mixed Methods in Temperament Research
Dr. Jody Russon, Virginia Tech

Mixed methods research (MMR) is gaining attention in the health sciences to answer complex research questions, from multiple perspectives. MMR focuses on the intentional, systematic integration of quantitative and qualitative perspectives in terms of philosophy, question formulation, design, data collection, analysis and inference. The purpose of this pre-conference workshop is to provide an introduction to the use of MMR designs in temperament research. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to: (1) describe how MMR is applied in temperament research, (2) recognize and develop research questions appropriate for MMR inquiry, and (3) identify three core MMR designs. Through a series of guided activities, participants will develop a MMR question and practice selecting an appropriate design.

The Role of Temperament in the Treatment of Anxiety and Phobic Disorders in Children and Adolescents
Dr. Thomas H. Ollendick, Virginia Tech

Anxiety disorders are prevalent in children and adolescents. Several studies show that temperament plays an important role in the development of such disorders, and that temperament may moderate the effectiveness of evidence-based CBT approaches. This workshop will review these findings and present data from 4 randomized clinical control trials with youth between 4 and 16 years of age. The role of temperament, measured both by standardized observational laboratory protocols and parent questionnaires, will be highlighted.

An Overview of the INSIGHTS Parent and Teacher Programs
Dr. Sandee McClowry, RN, FAAN,

INSIGHTS into Children’s Temperament is an evidence-based intervention that consists of three programs: a parenting program, a professional development workshop for elementary school educators, and a version for children who are 5-8 years old. In this OTC workshop, participants will learn how INSIGHTS assists teachers and parents in recognizing children’s different temperaments. A number of the INSIGHTS strategies for enhancing children’s self-regulation also will be presented. Studies from three US federally funded randomized clinical trials demonstrate that INSIGHTS reduces children’s behavior problems, enhances their academic skills, and improves parenting and teacher classroom management skills.

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