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Editorial
January 2014

Group-Based Parenting-Skills Training in Primary Care OfficesAre We Ready for the Challenge?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Academic Pediatrics, Child Development and Community Health, University of California San Diego, Rady Children’s Hospital, La Jolla, California
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(1):7-9. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.3647

Behavioral differences among children illuminate a major aspect of early childhood. It begins with the recognition of temperament in the first year of life as a trait that describes a broad spectrum comprising the easy baby (cheerful, adaptable, regular routines) and the difficult baby (irregular, slow to accept change, tends to respond negatively).1 With developmental progress, a toddler strives for autonomy by learning from successes and failures as he or she negotiates objects and interacts with caregivers. The quality and intensity of these experiences are regulated by temperament differences.

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