ERIC Number: EJ936959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
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Correlated Longitudinal Changes across Linguistic, Achievement, and Psychomotor Domains in Early Childhood: Evidence for a Global Dimension of Development
Rhemtulla, Mijke; Tucker-Drob, Elliot M.
Developmental Science, v14 n5 p1245-1254 Sep 2011
An important question within developmental psychology concerns the extent to which the maturational gains that children make across multiple diverse domains of functioning can be attributed to global (domain-general) developmental processes. The present study investigated this question by examining the extent to which individual differences in change across children's development in five different domains are correlated. Multivariate growth-curve models were fit to longitudinal data on linguistic, mathematics, reading, gross motor, and fine motor skills in 8950 children ranging in age from 44 to 86 months (3.7 years to 7.2 years). All five rates of change were positively intercorrelated. A common factor accounted for 42% of the individual differences in change. These results suggest that a global dimension underlies substantial proportions of cognitive and psychomotor development.
Descriptors: Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Individual Differences, Change, Young Children, Language Skills, Mathematics Skills, Reading Skills, Psychomotor Skills, Correlation, Cognitive Development, Longitudinal Studies
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