The relationship between visual organization, perceptual closure, and “compulsivelike” behaviors were examined in a sample of young children. Fifty-one preschoolaged children were administered a variety of measures assessing visual organization and perceptual closure, and embedded-figures performance. Parents reported on their children’s compulsive-like behaviors (i.e., “Just Right” perceptions and repetitive behaviors). Children’s performance on visual organization and perceptualclosure tasks were significantly related to their compulsive-like behaviors, and these associations were mediated by mental age. The results further validate the Childhood Routines Inventory (CRI) and highlight the sensory/perceptual components of the construct of normative compulsive-like behavior in young children.
Evans, David W.; Elliott, Julie Marie; and Packard, Mark G.
"Visual Organization and Perceptual Closure Are Related to Compulsive-like Behavior in Typically Developing Children,"
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Vol. 47
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/mpq/vol47/iss3/2