Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 152–162 | Cite as

Evaluating the Relation Between CHC Cognitive Factors and Selected Components of Executive Functioning

  • Elizabeth Roberds Lemann
  • Andrew S. DavisEmail author
  • W. Holmes Finch
  • Eric E. Pierson


Executive functioning remains an elusive paradigm in regard to their underlying constructs. The Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) theory of cognitive functions is the predominant theory of the measurement of human intelligence in psychology in regard to test construction and interpretation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relations between components of the Tower Test and Color-Word Interference Test from the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS) and CHC theory, as measured by the Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Cognitive Abilities (WJ-III-COG). Participants were 64 undergraduate students (women, n = 38; men, n = 26), with a mean age of 19.88 years. Results of a Structured Equation Model indicated a correlation between the two factors modeled for Intelligence and Executive functioning was estimated to be 0.575 (0.331), and was statistically significant (p < .001), with a 95% credible interval of (0.551, 0.599). Thus, approximately 33% of the variance for measures of Intelligence was accounted for by measures of Executive Functioning; the biggest CHC contributor was Numbers Reversed which argues for the importance of attention and working memory being an important component of executive functioning. The results suggest that despite a relation between some components of executive function and cognitive ability, much variance between the D-KEFS and WJ-III-COG remains unaccounted for. These findings have implications for evaluation and intervention planning within vocational and educational settings.


Neuropsychology Neuropsychological assessment Executive functioning Intelligence CHC 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Informed consent was obtained from all participants included in the study.

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth Roberds Lemann
    • 1
  • Andrew S. Davis
    • 1
    Email author
  • W. Holmes Finch
    • 1
  • Eric E. Pierson
    • 1
  1. 1.Ball State University Neuropsychology LaboratoryBall State UniversityMuncieUSA

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