Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Dev Psychol. 2007 Mar;43(2):369-85.

The developmental trajectories of attention focusing, attentional and behavioral persistence, and externalizing problems during school-age years.

Author information

1
Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA. qingzhou@berkeley.edu

Abstract

The developmental trajectories of attention focusing (by parents' and teachers' reports) and attentional and behavioral persistence (observed during a laboratory task)--2 indexes of effortful control--and externalizing problems from ages 5 to 10 years were examined for 356 children combined from a pair of 3-wave (2 years apart) longitudinal studies. The authors identified clusters of children with distinct trajectories for these variables and examined the links between the effortful control trajectories and the externalizing problem trajectories. Although attention focusing remained relatively stable, attentional and behavioral persistence continued to show mean-level changes (especially among the children with lower levels of persistence). Children with high and stable trajectories of effortful control tended to exhibit low and stable trajectories of externalizing problems, whereas those with lower and/or less stable trajectories of effortful control showed more elevated and/or fluctuating trajectories of externalizing problems.

PMID:
17352545
PMCID:
PMC1832154
DOI:
10.1037/0012-1649.43.2.369
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for American Psychological Association Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Support Center