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ERIC Number: EJ1178974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0007-0998
Culture-Specific Links between Maternal Executive Function, Parenting, and Preschool Children's Executive Function in South Korea
Lee, Min Kyung; Baker, Sara; Whitebread, David
British Journal of Educational Psychology, v88 n2 p216-235 Jun 2018
Background: Research on the relationships between parental factors and children's executive function (EF) has been conducted mainly in Western cultures. Aim: This study provides the first empirical test, in a non-Western context, of how maternal EF and parenting behaviours relate to child EF. Sample South Korean mothers and their preschool children (N = 95 dyads) completed EF tasks. Method: Two aspects of parental scaffolding were observed during a puzzle task: "contingency" (i.e., adjusting among levels of scaffolding according to the child's ongoing evidence of understanding) and "intrusiveness" (i.e., directive, mother-centred interactions). Results and Conclusions: Maternal EF and maternal contingency each accounted for unique variance in child EF, above and beyond child age, child language and maternal education. Maternal intrusiveness, however, was not significantly related to child EF. Additionally, no mediating role of parenting was found in the maternal and child EF link. However, child language was found to partially mediate the link between maternal contingency and child EF. These results complement prior findings by revealing distinctive patterns in the link between maternal EF, parenting behaviours, and child EF in the Korean context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea
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