Context specificity in stability of hyperactivity–impulsivity
Article first published online: 2 AUG 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 24, Issue 8, pages 656–674, December 2010
How to Cite
Kim, J., Deater-Deckard, K., Mullineaux, P. Y. and Beekman, C. R. (2010), Context specificity in stability of hyperactivity–impulsivity. Eur. J. Pers., 24: 656–674. doi: 10.1002/per.767
- Issue published online: 21 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 2 AUG 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 FEB 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 15 DEC 2009
- Manuscript Received: 6 JUL 2009
- longitudinal stability;
- context specificity;
- informant variation;
This paper exemplifies a secondary data analysis of context-specific differences in children's hyperactivity–impulsivity while controlling for informant-specific effects. Participants were boys and girls from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development whose behaviours were measured in 1st, 3rd and 5th grades. Latent factor models were structured using multi-informant reports including mothers, fathers, teachers and observers. Temporal stability within a context was stronger than cross-context consistency, and the magnitude of longitudinal stability was higher in the home context compared to the school context. Controlling for informant-specific effects resulted in a significantly improved model fit and increased within-context stability. Our findings highlight the importance of considering both context and informant effects when studying longitudinal stability and change in personality development. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.