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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2014, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (6): 911-917.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.00911

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Language Ability and False-belief: A Meta-analysis on Children Aged 3~6 in China

ZHOU Jing;YU Fang;GUO Liping   

  1. (Department of Preschool Education, East China Normal University, Shanghai 20062, China)
  • Received:2013-09-12 Online:2014-06-15 Published:2014-06-15
  • Contact: GUO Liping


Using data from 19 studies on the relation between language ability and false-belief understanding with a total of 1581 3-6 years children from Chinese mainland, this meta-analysis determined the strength of the relation and examined moderators that may account for the variability across studies—including aspect of language ability assessed, type of false-belief task used. The results indicated a moderate and significant correlation between language ability and false-belief after controlling for age. Further moderator analysis showed that the relationship was not affected by the type of language ability and the measurement of false-belief understanding.

Key words: language, false-belief, meta-analysis, Chinese-speaking children aged 3~6