ERIC Number: EJ928916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Sequential Progressions in a Theory-of-Mind Scale: Longitudinal Perspectives
Wellman, Henry M.; Fang, Fuxi; Peterson, Candida C.
Child Development, v82 n3 p780-792 May-Jun 2011
Consecutive retestings of 92 U.S. preschoolers (n = 30), Chinese preschoolers (n = 31), and deaf children (n = 31) examined whether the sequences of development apparent in cross-sectional results with a theory-of-mind scale also appeared in longitudinal assessment. Longitudinal data confirmed that theory-of-mind progressions apparent in cross-sectional scaling data also characterized longitudinal sequences of understanding for individual children. The match between cross-sectional and longitudinal sequences appeared for children who exhibit different progressions across cultures (United States vs. China) and for children with substantial delays (deaf children of hearing parents). Moreover, greater scale distances reflected larger longitudinal age differences.
Descriptors: Theory of Mind, Deafness, Age Differences, Measures (Individuals), Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Case Studies, Longitudinal Studies, Child Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Identifiers: China; United States