ERIC Number: EJ1021250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Fantasy Orientation Constructs and Related Executive Function Development in Preschool: Developmental Benefits to Executive Functions by Being a Fantasy-Oriented Child
Pierucci, Jillian M.; O'Brien, Christopher T.; McInnis, Melissa A.; Gilpin, Ansley Tullos; Barber, Angela B.
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v38 n1 p62-69 Jan 2014
This study explored unique constructs of fantasy orientation and whether there are developmental benefits for fantasy-oriented children. By age 3, children begin developing executive functions, with some children exhibiting high fantasy orientation in their cognitions and behaviors. Preschoolers ("n" = 106) completed fantasy orientation measures and executive function tasks, including parent and teacher questionnaires. Principal Component Analysis revealed four specific constructs within fantasy orientation (FO). Relations were examined between children's FO constructs and executive functions to determine if developmental benefits exist with being fantasy-oriented. Hierarchical linear regressions suggested that certain FO constructs are uniquely related to specific executive functions, such that there are potentially specific developmental benefits to being a fantasy-oriented child (i.e., inhibition and attention shift positively related to fantastical cognitions).
Descriptors: Fantasy, Executive Function, Regression (Statistics), Child Development, Child Behavior, Task Analysis, Questionnaires, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Correlation, Schemata (Cognition), Preschool Children, Play, Imagination, Inhibition, Interviews, Hierarchical Linear Modeling
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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