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ERIC Number: EJ938653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Nonlinear Growth Curves in Developmental Research
Grimm, Kevin J.; Ram, Nilam; Hamagami, Fumiaki
Child Development, v82 n5 p1357-1371 Sep-Oct 2011
Developmentalists are often interested in understanding change processes, and growth models are the most common analytic tool for examining such processes. Nonlinear growth curves are especially valuable to developmentalists because the defining characteristics of the growth process such as initial levels, rates of change during growth spurts, and asymptotic levels can be estimated. A variety of growth models are described beginning with the linear growth model and moving to nonlinear models of varying complexity. A detailed discussion of nonlinear models is provided, highlighting the added insights into complex developmental processes associated with their use. A collection of growth models are fit to repeated measures of height from participants of the Berkeley Growth and Guidance Studies from early childhood through adulthood.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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