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Title: Characteristics of developmental immaturity: a cross-disciplinary survey of psychologists
Authors: Kemp, Kathleen A.
Keywords: Clinical Psychology;Developmental psychology;Adolescent psychology
Issue Date: 20-May-2011
Abstract: A critical step towards ensuring a consistent, multidisciplinary approach to the construct developmental immaturity is to obtain a unified representation across disciplines of psychology of the items that represent this construct. A search of the literature revealed characteristics from several research areas including cognitive abilities, decision-making, social skills, behavior, emotional regulation, and self-actualization associated with development during adolescence. The current study examines the factor structure of developmental immaturity in a sample of 553 psychologists from the national membership of the American Psychological Association. Participants completed an on-line, anonymous survey and rated the importance of 53 items related to developmental immaturity. The results from an exploratory factor analysis supported a four-factor solution of developmental immaturity: independent functioning, decision-making, emotion regulation, and general cognitive processing. Generally, psychologists across discipline subspecialties were not significantly different in rating items across the four factors. Findings contribute to a cross-disciplinary, comprehensive operational definition of developmental immaturity and represent the first attempt to identify the set of characteristics that encompass this complex construct.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3490
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