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Advances in Psychological Science    2017, Vol. 25 Issue (6) : 980-988     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.00980
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 Developmental cascades: A new perspective for uncovering individual longitudinal development
 LI Tengfei; CHEN Guanghui; JI Linqin; ZHANG Wenxin
 (School of Psychology, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014, China)
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Abstract    Developmental cascades have become a new theoretical perspective and a study design strategy for developmental research in recent years. Development is conceptualized as a process of persistent cascade effects among various developmental factors over time. Specifically, developmental cascades postulate that the development level of a certain factor at a particular time point will affect subsequent development of its own, and will spill over to influence development of other domains as well. As a result, the entire follow-up processes of individual development are influenced. Researchers developed statistic models according to the theoretical rationales of the developmental cascades. These statistical models provide methodological guidelines for investigating longitudinal associations among multiple factors in developmental systems. This literature review introduced the development cascades in terms of the related concepts, theoretical basis and rationale, and the methodological issues, and was concluded with insights for the future research.
Keywords  developmental cascades      cascade effects      cross-lagged panel modeling      longitudinal study     
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Just Accepted Date: 27 April 2017  
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LI Tengfei,CHEN Guanghui,JI Linqin, et al.  Developmental cascades: A new perspective for uncovering individual longitudinal development[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2017, 25(6): 980-988.
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