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An exploration of the factor structure of executive functioning in children

Messer, D, Bernardi, M, Botting, N, Hill, E, Nash, G, Leonard, Hayley and Henry, L (2018) An exploration of the factor structure of executive functioning in children Frontiers in Psychology.

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There has been considerable debate and interest in the factor structure of Executive Functioning. For children and young people, there is evidence for a progression from a single factor to a more differentiated structure, although the precise nature of these factors differs between investigations. The purpose of the current study was to look at this issue again with another sample, and try to understand possible reasons for previous differences between investigations. In addition, we examined the relationship between less central EF tasks, such as fluency and planning, to the more common tasks of updating/executive working memory, inhibition and switching/shifting. A final aim was to carry out analyses which are relevant to the debate about whether EF is influenced by language ability, or language ability is influenced by EF. We reasoned that if language ability affects EF, a factor analysis of verbal and non-verbal EF tasks might result in the identification of a factor which predominantly contains verbal tasks and a factor that predominately contains non-verbal tasks.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Messer, D
Bernardi, M
Botting, N
Hill, E
Nash, G
Henry, L
Date : 13 July 2018
DOI : 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01179
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2018 Messer, Bernardi, Botting, Hill, Nash, Leonard and Henry. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
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Date Deposited : 21 Jun 2018 12:36
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