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ERIC Number: EJ878880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0261-510X
Childhood Rituals and Executive Functions
Tregay, Jenifer; Gilmour, Jane; Charman, Tony
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v27 n2 p283-896 Jun 2009
Repetitive and ritualistic behaviours (RRBs) are a feature of both typical and atypical development. While the cognitive correlates of these behaviours have been investigated in some neurodevelopmental conditions these links remain largely unexplored in typical development. The current study examined the relationship between RRBs and executive functions (EF) in a sample of typically developing children aged between 37 and 107 months. Results showed that cognitive flexibility, and not response inhibition or generativity, was most strongly associated with the frequency of RRBs in this sample. In younger children (less than 67.5 months) cognitive flexibility was significantly associated with "Repetitive Behaviours" but in older children (greater than 67.5 months) cognitive flexibility was associated with both `Just Right' and "Repetitive Behaviour", suggesting that the association between EF and RRBs may become stronger with age in typically developing children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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