A longitudinal intergenerational analysis of executive functions during early childhood

Kimberly Cuevas, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, Zhe Wang, Katherine C. Morasch, Martha Ann Bell

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Despite the importance of executive function (EF) in both clinical and educational contexts, the aetiology of individual differences in early childhood EF remains poorly understood. This study provides the first longitudinal intergenerational analysis of mother-child EF associations during early childhood. A group of children and their mothers (nnbsp;=nbsp;62) completed age-appropriate EF tasks. Mother and child EFs were modestly correlated by 24nbsp;months of age, and this association was stable through 48nbsp;months. Importantly, maternal-child EF associations were still robust after controlling for verbal ability (potential indicator of verbal/crystallized intelligence) and maternal education (correlate of socio-economic status and verbal intelligence). Potential implications of these findings as well as underlying mechanisms of the maternal-child EF association (gene-environment interplay) are discussed. copy; 2013 The British Psychological Society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-64
Number of pages15
JournalBritish Journal of Developmental Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014


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