ERIC Number: EJ784713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 88
Mother-Child and Father-Child Mutually Responsive Orientation in the First 2 Years and Children's Outcomes at Preschool Age: Mechanisms of Influence
Kochanska, Grazyna; Aksan, Nazan; Prisco, Theresa R.; Adams, Erin E.
Child Development, v79 n1 p30-44 Jan-Feb 2008
Mechanisms accounting for the effects of mutually responsive orientation (MRO) at 7, 15, and 25 months in 102 mother-child and father-child dyads on child internalization and self-regulation at 52 months were examined. Two mediators at 38 months were tested: parental power assertion and child self-representation. For mother-child relationships, the causal pathway involving power assertion was supported for both outcomes. Diminished power assertion fully mediated beneficial effect of mother-child MRO on internalization and partially mediated its effect on self-regulation. For father-child relationships, MRO predicted self-regulation, but the mediational paths were unsupported. Paternal power assertion correlated negatively with both outcomes but was not a mediator. Although MRO with both parents correlated with child self-representation, and it correlated with self-regulation, this mediational path was unsupported.
Descriptors: Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Fathers, Self Control, Young Children, Power Structure, Behavior Patterns, Correlation
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