Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Psychology



First Advisor

Dominic Valentino


A study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of a Preschool Measure Of Attention (PMA) to measure three factors of attention in young children; focus, shift and vigilance. The parents of 148 children rated their children on the PMA, a measure of temperament and on a scale of attentional problems. The results of the study suggest that two factors of attention; vigilance and focus/distractibility, were measured in this group. Age differences in the performance of the sample on these attentional factors were not found to be significant. However the age of the children accounted for 5 percent of the variance in the performance across the attentional factors, which suggests that age is an important consideration when evaluating the attentional capacities of children.



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