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Creating a Developmental Scale to Account for Heterotypic Continuity in Development: A Simulation Study.

  • Author(s): Petersen, Isaac T
  • LeBeau, Brandon
  • Choe, Daniel Ewon
  • et al.

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Many psychological constructs show heterotypic continuity-their behavioral manifestations change with development but their meaning remains the same. However, research has paid little attention to how to account for heterotypic continuity. A promising approach to account for heterotypic continuity is creating a developmental scale using vertical scaling. A simulation was conducted to compare creating a developmental scale using vertical scaling to traditional approaches of longitudinal assessment. Traditional approaches that failed to account for heterotypic continuity resulted in less accurate growth estimates, at the person- and group level. Findings suggest that ignoring heterotypic continuity may result in faulty developmental inferences. Creating a developmental scale with vertical scaling is recommended to link different measures across time and account for heterotypic continuity.

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This item is under embargo until August 18, 2021.