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ERIC Number: EJ743121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1053-8151
Mother-Child Interaction as a Predictor of Mastery Motivation in Children with Disabilities Born Preterm
Young, Jessica Mercer; Hauser-Cram, Penny
Journal of Early Intervention, v28 n4 p252-263 2006
This study examined mother-child interaction as a predictor of mastery motivation (i.e., persistence on a problem-posing task) in 3-year-old children who were born premature and had either motor impairment or developmental delay (n = 34). Two aspects of mother-child interaction were hypothesized to predict for mastery motivation: response to child?s distress and cognitive growth-fostering behaviors. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that maternal response to distress, but not cognitive growth promotion, added significant unique variance (15.3%) beyond child cognitive performance in the prediction of mastery motivation. Results suggest that interventions focused on emotional aspects of the mother-child dyad provide important benefits to young children with disabilities who are born preterm. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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