ERIC Number: EJ793426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Developmentally Delayed Children's Influence Attempts with Mothers Predict Interactions with Peers over Time
Guralnick, Michael J.; Connor, Robert T.; Neville, Brian; Hammond, Mary A.
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, v29 n3 p238-248 May-Jun 2008
We examined whether influence attempts of 4-6 year-old children with mild developmental delays occurring when interacting with their mothers predicted children's interactions with peers two years later. Hierarchical regressions controlling for relevant child characteristics and a measure of direct parental actions to influence their children's peer interactions revealed a consistent association between influence attempts with mothers and four important aspects of children's peer relationships: successful social bids to peers, initiations to peers, extent of involvement with peers, and overall level of peer interactions. Results were consistent with social communicative processes likely to emerge during children's influence attempts with mothers, which are relevant to peer relationships. The fact that influence attempts with mothers were associated with peer interactions over a time period when peers occupy a more dominant role in children's social relationships supports the role of indirect family influences as a potential intervention strategy to further the peer competence of children with delays.
Descriptors: Intervention, Mothers, Peer Relationship, Developmental Delays, Parent Child Relationship, Young Children, Mild Mental Retardation, Correlation, Interpersonal Communication
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