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Martin, Monica J.; Conger, Rand D.; Robins, Richard W. – Developmental Psychology, 2019
The present study examines the influence of economic and family stress processes on change in drug and alcohol use in a cohort of 478 Mexican American youth (50.8% female) followed longitudinally beginning in Grade 5 when the youth averaged 10.4 years of age. Adolescents, their mothers (median age 36 at Grade 5), and their fathers (median age 39…
Descriptors: Mexican Americans, Family Characteristics, Family Environment, Preadolescents
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Morrow, Virginia; Boyden, Jo – Developmental Psychology, 2019
The papers making up this Special Section reveal important findings and begin to fill gaps in existing literature about children's and young people's understanding and developing beliefs about socio-economic inequality and poverty. We draw on our research experience with children growing up in poverty in Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Vietnam (Young…
Descriptors: Poverty, Social Differences, Sociology, Anthropology
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Lee, Kerry; Ng, Swee Fong; Bull, Rebecca – Developmental Psychology, 2018
Although algebra is a prerequisite for higher mathematics, few studies have examined the mathematical and cognitive capabilities that contribute to the development of algebra word problems solving skills. We examined changes in these relations from second to ninth grades. Using a cross-sequential design that spanned 4 years, children from 3…
Descriptors: Word Problems (Mathematics), Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Problem Solving
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Chang, Lei; Lu, Hui Jing; Lansford, Jennifer E.; Skinner, Ann T.; Bornstein, Marc H.; Steinberg, Laurence; Dodge, Kenneth A.; Chen, Bin Bin; Tian, Qian; Bacchini, Dario; Deater-Deckard, Kirby; Pastorelli, Concetta; Alampay, Liane Peña; Sorbring, Emma; Al-Hassan, Suha M.; Oburu, Paul; Malone, Patrick S.; Di Giunta, Laura; Tirado, Liliana Maria Uribe; Tapanya, Sombat – Developmental Psychology, 2019
Safety is essential for life. To survive, humans and other animals have developed sets of psychological and physiological adaptations known as life history (LH) tradeoff strategies in response to various safety constraints. Evolutionarily selected LH strategies in turn regulate development and behavior to optimize survival under prevailing safety…
Descriptors: Safety, Physiology, Psychological Patterns, Longitudinal Studies
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Brendgen, Mara; Girard, Alain; Vitaro, Frank; Dionne, Ginette; Boivin, Michel – Developmental Psychology, 2016
Using a sample of 767 children (403 girls, 364 boys), this study aimed to (a) identify groups with distinct trajectories of peer victimization over a 6-year period from primary school through the transition to secondary school, and (b) examine the associated personal (i.e., aggression or internalizing problems) and familial (family status,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students, Victims, Peer Relationship
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van den Bos, Esther; van Duijvenvoorde, Anna C. K.; Westenberg, P. Michiel – Developmental Psychology, 2016
Adolescents become increasingly sensitive to social evaluation. Some previous studies have related this change to pubertal development. The present longitudinal study examined the role of sociocognitive development. We investigated whether or not the transition to recursive thinking, the ability to think about (others') thoughts, would be…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Social Development, Cognitive Development, Longitudinal Studies
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Horn, Sebastian S.; Ruggeri, Azzurra; Pachur, Thorsten – Developmental Psychology, 2016
Judgments about objects in the world are often based on probabilistic information (or cues). A frugal judgment strategy that utilizes memory (i.e., the ability to discriminate between known and unknown objects) as a cue for inference is the recognition heuristic (RH). The usefulness of the RH depends on the structure of the environment,…
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Decision Making, Child Development, Adolescent Development
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Toplak, Maggie E.; West, Richard F.; Stanovich, Keith E. – Developmental Psychology, 2014
We studied developmental trends in 5 important reasoning tasks that are critical components of the operational definition of rational thinking. The tasks measured denominator neglect, belief bias, base rate sensitivity, resistance to framing, and the tendency toward otherside thinking. In addition to age, we examined 2 other individual difference…
Descriptors: Trend Analysis, Taxonomy, Cognitive Ability, Thinking Skills
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Ehrenreich, Samuel E.; Beron, Kurt J.; Underwood, Marion K. – Developmental Psychology, 2016
This research examined whether following social and physical aggression trajectories across Grades 3-12 predicted psychological maladjustment. Teachers rated participants' (n = 287, 138 boys) aggressive behavior at the end of each school year. Following the 12th grade, psychosocial outcomes were measured: rule-breaking behaviors, internalizing…
Descriptors: Aggression, Behavior Problems, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students
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Van den Broeck, Wim; Geudens, Astrid; van den Bos, Kees P. – Developmental Psychology, 2010
This article presents empirical evidence challenging the received wisdom that a nonword-reading deficit is a characteristic trait of disabled readers. On the basis of 2 large-scale empirical studies using the reading-level match design, we argue that a nonword-reading deficit is the consequence of normal developmental differences in word-specific…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Reading Skills, Disabilities, Developmental Stages