Building Consensus on the Characteristics of Developmental Maturity: A Cross-Disciplinary Survey of Psychologists
International Journal of Forensic Mental Health Vol. 16 Iss. 1 (2017) p. 83 - 91
10 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2020 Last revised: 26 Jun 2020
Date Written: 2017
A critical step toward ensuring a consistent approach to and communication about the construct of developmental maturity is refinement of a general, unified representation of this construct across psychological sub-specialties. The current study evaluated the core characteristics of developmental maturity by examining the factor structure of this broad concept. Results of an exploratory factor analysis supported a four-factor solution of developmental maturity: independent functioning, decision making, emotion regulation, and general cognitive processing. Overall, psychologists across sub-specialties did not differ significantly in their ratings of items across the four factors. Findings contribute to a cross-disciplinary, comprehensive, and operational definition of developmental maturity.
Keywords: Developmental Maturity, Adolescence, Psycho-social Maturity, Development
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