ERIC Number: EJ1032842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Stability of Core Language Skill from Early Childhood to Adolescence: A Latent Variable Approach
Bornstein, Marc H.; Hahn, Chun-Shin; Putnick, Diane L.; Suwalsky, Joan T. D.
Child Development, v85 n4 p1346-1356 Jul-Aug 2014
This four-wave prospective longitudinal study evaluated stability of language in 324 children from early childhood to adolescence. Structural equation modeling supported loadings of multiple age-appropriate multisource measures of child language on single-factor core language skills at 20 months and 4, 10, and 14 years. Large stability coefficients (standardized indirect effect = 0.46) were obtained between language latent variables from early childhood to adolescence even when accounting for child nonverbal intelligence and social competence and maternal verbal intelligence, education, speech, and social desirability. Stability coefficients were similar for girls and boys. Stability of core language skill was stronger from 4 to 10 to 14 years than from 20 months to 4 years, so early intervention to improve lagging language is recommended.
Descriptors: Language Skills, Children, Adolescents, Longitudinal Studies, Structural Equation Models, Child Language, Intelligence, Nonverbal Ability, Interpersonal Competence, Mothers, Educational Attainment, Parent Background, Speech, Social Desirability, Gender Differences, Early Intervention
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