Nonlinear growth curves in developmental research

Kevin Grimm, Nilam Ram, Fumiaki Hamagami

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Abstract

Developmentalists are often interested in understanding change processes, and growth models are the most common analytic tool for examining such processes. Nonlinear growth curves are especially valuable to developmentalists because the defining characteristics of the growth process such as initial levels, rates of change during growth spurts, and asymptotic levels can be estimated. A variety of growth models are described beginning with the linear growth model and moving to nonlinear models of varying complexity. A detailed discussion of nonlinear models is provided, highlighting the added insights into complex developmental processes associated with their use. A collection of growth models are fit to repeated measures of height from participants of the Berkeley Growth and Guidance Studies from early childhood through adulthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1357-1371
Number of pages15
JournalChild Development
Volume82
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
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Nonlinear growth curves in developmental research. / Grimm, Kevin; Ram, Nilam; Hamagami, Fumiaki.

In: Child Development, Vol. 82, No. 5, 09.2011, p. 1357-1371.

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Grimm, Kevin ; Ram, Nilam ; Hamagami, Fumiaki. / Nonlinear growth curves in developmental research. In: Child Development. 2011 ; Vol. 82, No. 5. pp. 1357-1371.
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