ERIC Number: EJ684974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
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Mothers' Affect in the Homework Context: The Importance of Staying Positive
Pomerantz, Eva M.; Wang, Qian; Ng, Florrie Fei-Yin
Developmental Psychology, v41 n2 p414-427 Mar 2005
This research investigated mothers' affect in the context of children's homework. Mothers (N=109) of children 8 to 12 years old were interviewed daily about their affect while interacting with children, their assistance with children's homework, and children's behavior while completing homework. At this time and 6 months later, children's motivational and emotional functioning was assessed. Although mothers' negative affect was lower than their positive affect, it was elevated on days their assistance with homework was high. This was accounted for by mothers' perceptions of children as helpless on days they provided heightened assistance. Mothers' positive affect in the homework context buffered children's motivational and emotional functioning against mothers' negative affect as well as children's helplessness.
Descriptors: Mothers, Homework, Affective Behavior, Emotional Response, Parent Child Relationship, Child Behavior, Student Motivation, Psychological Patterns
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