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ERIC Number: EJ1025268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Marital Conflict, Allostatic Load, and the Development of Children's Fluid Cognitive Performance
Hinnant, J. Benjamin; El-Sheikh, Mona; Keiley, Margaret; Buckhalt, Joseph A.
Child Development, v84 n6 p2003-2014 Nov-Dec 2013
Relations between marital conflict, children's respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA), and fluid cognitive performance were examined over 3 years to assess allostatic processes. Participants were 251 children reporting on marital conflict, baseline RSA, and RSA reactivity (RSA-R) to a lab challenge were recorded, and fluid cognitive performance was measured using the Woodcock-Johnson III. A cross-lagged model showed that higher levels of marital conflict at age 8 predicted weaker RSA-R at age 9 for children with lower baseline RSA. A growth model showed that lower baseline RSA in conjunction with weaker RSA-R predicted the slowest development of fluid cognitive performance. Findings suggest that stress may affect development of physiological systems regulating attention, which are tied to the development of fluid cognitive performance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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