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This constellation of dimensions has been referred to as perceived child difficultness or perceived difficult temperament (see Goldsmith et al.
Among girls, maternal hostile child-rearing attitudes, role dissatisfaction, and perceived temperamental difficultness of the child were all significant predictors of self-esteem in adolescence.
High activity and low sociability are less accepted in girls than in boys (Block, 1983), and this may explain why temperamental difficultness predicted low self-esteem among girls only.