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ERIC Number: EJ803285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Parent Behaviors in Free-Play and Problem-Solving Interactions in Relation to Problem Behaviors in Preschool Boys
Davenport, Becky R.; Hegland, Susan; Melby, Janet N.
Early Child Development and Care, v178 n6 p589-607 2008
A stratified sample of 34 three-year-old to five-year-old boys and their parents (30 mothers) was observed in their homes during free-play and problem-solving interactions. Observer-ratings of behaviors of parents in each interaction were examined in relation to teachers' ratings of the boys' problem behaviors in a childcare setting. Parent behaviors in the play, but not problem-solving, interaction were significantly related to boys' problem behaviors. Positive behaviors of the parent in play, such as sensitivity and responsiveness to the child, accounted for nine percent of the variance in boys' externalizing scores above and beyond the 28% accounted for by the negative parent behaviors of intrusiveness and permissiveness. The addition of positive parent behaviors to the regression model also canceled the statistical significance of the negative behaviors. Negative behaviors appeared to be most influential in that they decreased the likelihood that positive behaviors would be demonstrated within the play interaction. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Social Skills Rating System