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ERIC Number: EJ1172584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-930X
Children's Task Engagement during Challenging Puzzle Tasks
Wang, Feihong; Algina, James; Snyder, Patricia; Cox, Martha
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, v63 n4 Article 1 p425-457 Oct 2017
We examined children's task engagement during a challenging puzzle task in the presence of their primary caregivers by using a representative sample of rural children from six high-poverty counties across two states. Weighted longitudinal confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling were used to identify a task engagement factor indicated by child positive mood, persistence, enthusiasm, and compliance at both 24 and 35 months. Child attention and maternal responsiveness were significantly related to child task engagement at 24 and 35 months controlling for demographic factors. Additionally, a challenging behavior factor in children's task-oriented behaviors was found as indicated by child negative mood, aggression and noncompliance. This factor was predicted by low maternal acceptance of child behaviors. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed. [This paper was written with Family Life Project Key Investigators.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED); Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH); National Institute on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS); Office of Minority Health (PHS/DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina; Pennsylvania
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324B120002; PO1HD39667