ERIC Number: EJ819995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
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Effortful Control, Surgency, and Reading Skills in Middle Childhood
Deater-Deckard, Kirby; Mullineaux, Paula Y.; Petrill, Stephen A.; Thompson, Lee A.
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v22 n1 p107-116 Jan 2009
We examined the associations between components of temperament and children's word and pseudo-word reading skills, in a school-age sample using a within-family internal-replication design. We estimated the statistical prediction of word and pseudo-word reading in separate regression equations that included the main effects of, and two-way interaction between, Surgency and Effortful Control. Children with better Effortful Control scores showed better reading skills. Surgency was unrelated to reading skills, but moderated the effect of Effortful Control. The positive association between reading skills and Effortful Control was present only for children who were low in Surgency. Thus, reading achievement in school-age children is optimized by strong Effortful Control, but these processes may be disrupted for those children who are high in Surgency.
Descriptors: Self Control, Reading Achievement, Reading Skills, Correlation, Word Recognition, Predictor Variables, Personality Traits, Children
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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