Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 71–74 | Cite as

Reflection-impulsivity and academic attainment in emotionally disturbed children

  • A. J. FinchJr.
  • K. A. Pezzuti
  • L. E. Montgomery
  • S. R. Kemp


Sixty-five emotionally disturbed children were administered the Matching Familiar Figures Test (MFF) and standard achievement tests. Significant correlations were obtained between MFF errors and achievement and Mental Age (MA) but not between MFF latencies and achievement and MA. Fifteen impulsive and fifteen reflective children, matched on MA and not differing on Chronological Age (CA), did not differ on their levels of academic achievement. However, the reflective group was found to be two grades above the impulsive group in actual grade placement. Results are discussed in terms of possible behavioral differences and their consequences for the individual.


Academic Achievement Behavioral Difference Achievement Test Actual Grade Reflective Group 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. FinchJr.
    • 1
  • K. A. Pezzuti
    • 1
  • L. E. Montgomery
    • 2
  • S. R. Kemp
    • 3
  1. 1.Virginia Treatment Center for ChildrenUSA
  2. 2.Middle Peninsula Mental Health CenterUSA
  3. 3.Virginia Treatment Center for ChildrenUSA

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