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.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13433
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.