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

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Kathleen A. Kemp

Drexel University

Naomi Goldstein

Drexel University

Heather Zelle

UVA Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy; UVA Department of Public Health sciences

Jodi Viljoen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kirk Heilbrun

Drexel University

David DeMatteo

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Kemp, Kathleen A. and Goldstein, Naomi and Zelle, Heather and Viljoen, Jodi and Heilbrun, Kirk and DeMatteo, David, Building Consensus on the Characteristics of Developmental Maturity: A Cross-Disciplinary Survey of Psychologists (2017). International Journal of Forensic Mental Health Vol. 16 Iss. 1 (2017) p. 83 - 91 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3604182

Kathleen A. Kemp

Drexel University ( email )

3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Naomi Goldstein

Drexel University ( email )

3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Heather Zelle

UVA Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy ( email )

580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States

UVA Department of Public Health sciences ( email )

United States

Jodi Viljoen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kirk Heilbrun

Drexel University ( email )

3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

David DeMatteo (Contact Author)

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law ( email )

3320 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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