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AuthorSouissi, Sofiane
AuthorChamari, Karim
AuthorBellaj, Tarek
Available date2024-02-08T11:03:00Z
Publication Date2022-11-01
Publication NameFrontiers in Psychology
Identifierhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.991699
CitationSouissi, S., Chamari, K., & Bellaj, T. (2022). Assessment of executive functions in school-aged children: A narrative review. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 991699.‏
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URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10576/51678
AbstractIntroduction: In the past three decades, there has been increasing interest in assessing children’s Executive Functions (EF). However, studies on the conceptualization and operationalization of this construct are incongruent and guidance for clinicians and researchers aiming to assess EF is insufficient due to measurement variability. Aims: The purpose of this article was to examine current theories and models of EF in children, identify their assessment instruments, issues, and challenges, and discuss their impact on children’s cognitive, behavioral, social and/or emotional development. Methods: This narrative review reflected on English and French scholarly articles on EF assessment in children. References were identified through searches of PubMed, Medline, ScienceDirect, Google Scholar, and APA PsychNet throughout the last two decades up to June 2022. Results: There are commonalities despite divergence in the definition and operationalization of EF. Assessment of EF requires psychometric tests as well as rating scales that must be integrated and interpreted considering the child’s biological makeup, environmental background, and cultural specificities. Conclusion: Current EF theories, assessment tools, issues, and challenges were discussed in addition to the impact of their components’ dysfunctions on children’s development. Further studies should be conducted to develop new measurement methods and technologies to improve the ecological and ethological validity of youth assessment, treatment, and interventions.
Languageen
PublisherFrontiers Media S.A.
Subjectcognitive development
evaluation
executive control
pediatric
real-world functioning
TitleAssessment of executive functions in school-aged children: A narrative review
TypeOther
Volume Number13


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