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Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Development of intraindividual value structures in middle childhood: A multicultural and longitudinal investigation
Organization Unit
  • Ella Daniel
  • Anna K Döring
  • Jan Cieciuch
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
  • English
Journal Title Journal of Personality
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Geographical Reach international
ISSN 0022-3506
Volume 91
Number 2
Page Range 482 - 496
Date 2023
Abstract Text Objective We examined changes in value interrelations during middle childhood. In line with the Personal Values Theory, we expected a value system, with individuals similarly valuing related motivations, and setting priorities between conflicting motivations. We hypothesized this system to develop dynamically during middle childhood as children deepen their understanding of their own values. Method Using unfolding analysis, we estimated intraindividual value structure coherence, that is, the extent to which the interrelations among a child's values are similar to the hypothesized interrelations. Cross-Cultural Study 1 (N = 4615, 6–12-year-old children) included children from 12 countries. Cross-Sequential Study 2 (N = 629, 6–10-year-old children at Time 1) included three annual measurements. Results In Study 1, we found a curvilinear association between age and intraindividual value structure coherence: Children's values were more coherent at ages 9–10 than before or after. Study 2 confirmed this pattern of within-individual development. Conclusions We propose that development in coherence with the theoretical value structure offers insight into children's understanding of values as well as changes in value priorities.
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Digital Object Identifier 10.1111/jopy.12742
Other Identification Number merlin-id:22910
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Keywords cross-cultural,longitudinal, middle childhood, value structure, values