Executive function in preschool children: Test-retest reliability

Danielle M. Beck, Catherine Schaefer, Karen Pang, Stephanie M Carlson

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Research suggests that executive function (EF) may distinguish between children who are well- or ill-prepared for kindergarten; however, little is known about the test-retest reliability of measures of EF for children. We aimed to establish a battery of EF measures that are sensitive to both development and individual differences across the preschool period using Conflict and Delay subtests that had a cool (abstract) or hot (extrinsic reward) focus. Results from 151 children in three age groups (2.5, 3.5, and 4.5 years) suggested acceptable same-day test-retest reliability on all but Delay-Cool subtasks. These findings will inform appropriate measurement selection and development for future studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-193
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Cognition and Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011

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