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ERIC Number: EJ796472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Helping Young Children to Delay Gratification
Lee, Pai-Lin; Lan, William; Wang, Chiao-Li; Chiu, Hsiu-Yueh
Early Childhood Education Journal, v35 n6 p557-564 Jun 2008
The ability to delay gratification (DG) in young children is vital to their later development. Such ability should be taught as early as possible. One hundred kindergartners (Mean age = 6.11), randomly assigned to three groups; (a) labeling: received the treatment of being labeled as "patient" kids; (b) story-telling: were read a story about the patient antagonist rewarded double gifts, while the impulsive character got only one same reward; (c) control: received no treatment. Under the DG task of Ball-Moving Activity, the ANOVA results showed the children in labeling group delayed longer (M = 13.23 m) than the control one (M = 11.25 m), showed marginal significant difference at p = 0.06, medium effect size magnitude at eta[superscript 2] = 0.06. No significant mean differences were found between the story-telling (M = 12.68 m) and the control group, though the story-telling group delayed more than 1 min longer than their counterparts. Sex differences on the task are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
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Language: English
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