Balanced bilingualism and executive functioning in children Academic Article uri icon


  • The extant research suggests bilingualism is associated with enhanced cognitive effects, most evident in attention and executive functioning (EF). The current study examined the contributions of balance in the bilingualism (SpanishEnglish) of children to performance-based measures and caregiver ratings of EF. Participants included 30 bilingual children. Balance in children's bilingualism was correlated with caregiver ratings of task initiation. After controlling for demographic variables, balance in bilingualism significantly accounted for 37% of the variance in ratings of children's task initiation. Additional research is needed regarding associations between dual-language exposure, linguistic competence, and cognitive development in children.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Weber, R. C., Johnson, A., Riccio, C. A., & Liew, J.

citation count

  • 14

complete list of authors

  • Weber, Rachel C||Johnson, Audrea||Riccio, Cynthia A||Liew, Jeffrey

publication date

  • March 2016