The Children's Riverside Behavioral Q-Sort (C-RBQ)

 

Adapted from Funder, Furr and Colvin's (2000) Riverside Behavioral Q-Sort by Patrick Markey (Villanova University) and Charlotte Markey (Rutgers University).

 

For additional information about this measure see Markey, P.M., Markey, C. N., & Tinsley, B. J. (in press). Children’s behavioral manifestations of the five-factor model of personality.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

 

 

 

1

Expresses awareness of being on camera and/or in an experiment (Regardless of whether reaction is positive or negative)

2

Interviews his or her parent(s) (e.g., asks a series of questions)

3

Volunteers a large amount of information about self

4

Seems interested in what the parent(s) has to say

5

Tries to control the interaction (disregard whether attempts at control succeed or not)

6

Dominates the interaction (disregard intention e.g., if subject dominates the interaction by default because the parent(s) does very little, this should receive high placement)

7

Appears to be relaxed and comfortable

8

Exhibits social skills (e.g., does things to make the parent(s) comfortable, keeps the conversation moving)

9

Is reserved and unexpressive (e.g., expresses little affect; acts in a stiff, formal manner)

10

Laughs frequently

11

Smiles frequently

12

Is physically animated; moves around a great deal

13

Seems to like parent(s)

14

Exhibits an awkward interpersonal style (e.g., seems to have difficulty knowing what to say, mumbles, fails to respond to parents conversational advances)

15

Compares self to others (whether others are present or not)

16

Shows high enthusiasm and high energy level

17

Shows a wide range of interests (e.g., talk about many topics)

18

Talks at rather than with parent(s) (e.g., conducts a monologue, ignores what parent(s) says)

19

Expresses agreement frequently (High placement implies agreement is expressed unusually often - e.g., In response to each and every statement the parents made.  Low placement implies an unusual lack of expression of agreement.)

20

Expresses criticism (of anybody or anything) (Low placement implies expresses praise)

21

Is talkative (as observed in this situation)

22

Expresses insecurity (e.g., seems touchy or overly sensitive)

23

Shows physical signs of tension or anxiety (e.g., fidgets nervously, voice wavers) (Lack of signs of anxiety = middle placement/ Low placement = lack of sings under circumstances where you would expect to see them)

24

Exhibits a high degree of intelligence (High placement only if subject actually says or does something of high intelligence. Low placement implies exhibition of low intelligence.  Medium placement reflects no information one way or the other.)

25

Expresses sympathy towards parent(s) (Low placement implies unusual lack of sympathy)

26

Initiates humor

27

Seeks reassurance from parent(s) (asks for agreement, fishes for praise)

28

Exhibits condescending behavior (Acts as if self is superior to others.  Low placement implies acting inferior to others)

29

Seems likeable

30

Seeks advice from parent(s)

31

Appears to regard self as physically attractive (nonverbal cues will probably be used to judge this item, examples might include preening, posing, etc.)

32

Acts irritated

33

Expresses warmth (to anyone -- e.g., include any reference to "my close friend", etc.)

34

Tries to undermine, sabotage, or obstruct (either the experiment or parents)

35

Expresses hostility (no matter to whom or what)

36

Is unusual or unconventional in appearance

37

Behaves in a fearful or timid manner

38

Is expressive in face, voice, or gestures

39

Expresses interest in fantasy or daydreams (low placement only if such interest is explicitly disavowed)

40

Expresses guilt (about anything)

41

Keeps parent(s) at a distance, avoids the development of rapport during interaction (low placement implies behavior to get closer to parents)

42

Shows interest in intellectual or cognitive matters (by discussing an intellectual idea in detail or with enthusiasm)

43

Seems to enjoy the interaction

44

Says or does interesting things in this interaction

45

Says negative things about self (is self-critical; expresses feelings of inadequacy)

46

Displays ambition (e.g., passionate discussion of future occupation, grades, etc.)

47

Blames others (for anything)

48

Expresses self pity or feelings of victimization

49

Initiates physical affection (e.g., hugs, kisses, etc.)

50

Behaves in a cheerful manner

51

Gives up when faced with obstacles (Low placement implies unusual persistence)

52

Behaves in a stereotypically masculine/ feminine style or manner (low placement implies behavior stereotypical of the opposite sex)

53

Offers advice

54

Speaks fluently and expresses ideas wells

55

Emphasizes accomplishments of self or family (Low placement = emphasizes failures of these individuals)

56

Competes with parent(s) (low placement implies cooperation)

57

Speaks in a loud voice

58

Speaks sarcastically (e.g., says things (s)he obviously does not mean; makes facetious comments that are not necessarily funny)

59

Makes or approaches physical contact with parent(s).  (of any sort, including sitting unusually close) (Low placement implies unusual avoidance of physical contact)

60

Engages in constant eye contact with parent(s) (Low placement implies unusual lack of eye contact)

61

Seems detached from the interaction

62

Speaks quickly (low placement = speaks slowly)

63

Acts playful

64

Parent(s) seek advice from subject