ERIC Number: EJ814141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
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Reference Count: 50
Mothers' Cognitions about Children's Self-Control: Implications for Mothers' Responses to Children's Helplessness
Moorman, Elizabeth A.; Pomerantz, Eva M.
Social Development, v17 n4 p960-979 Nov 2008
This research examined the role of mothers' cognitions about children's self-control in their responses to children's helplessness. Mothers and their four-year-old children (N = 109) were asked to work on a difficult task in the laboratory. Mothers' hostility and warmth as well as children's helpless (vs. mastery) behavior were coded every minute. Mothers also completed a set of questionnaires assessing their cognitions about children's self-control. Hierarchical linear modeling indicated variability among mothers in their minute-to-minute hostility, but not warmth, in response to children's helplessness. Mothers' cognitions contributed to this variability: The more mothers placed importance on, worried about, and believed they could influence their children's self-control, the more hostility they demonstrated following their children's helplessness.
Descriptors: Helplessness, Mothers, Research Methodology, Psychological Patterns, Parent Child Relationship, Young Children, Observation, Questionnaires, Self Control, Emotional Response, Child Behavior, Parent Attitudes, Social Development, Social Cognition
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