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Table 1 Temperament dimensions, definitions, and example items from the Child Behavior Questionnaire (CBQ)

From: Childhood temperament predictors of adolescent physical activity

Dimension Definition Example items
Temperamental activity level (TAL) Gross motor activity including the rate and extent of the locomotion Tends to run rather than walk from room to room
  Is full of energy, even in the evening
High Intensity Pleasure (HIP) Amount of pleasure related to situations involving high stimulus intensity, rate, complexity, novelty, and incongruity Likes going down high slides or other adventurous activities
  Enjoys activities such as being chased, spun around by the arms, etc.
Low Intensity Pleasure (LIP) Amount of pleasure involved in situations with low stimulus intensity, rate, complexity, novelty, and incongruity Enjoys taking warm baths
  Enjoys just being talked to
Surgency (SUR) A trait aspect of emotional reactivity marked by rapid approach to rewards and high activity level Computed from measures of Impulsivity, High Intensity Pleasure, Activity Level, and Shyness (negative loading)