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ERIC Number: EJ837555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
Maternal Support for Autonomy: Relationships with Persistence for Children with Down Syndrome and Typically Developing Children
Gilmore, Linda; Cuskelly, Monica; Jobling, Anne; Hayes, Alan
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v30 n5 p1023-1033 Sep-Oct 2009
Maternal behaviors and child mastery behaviors were examined in 25 children with Down syndrome and 43 typically developing children matched for mental age (24-36 months). During a shared problem-solving task, there were no group differences in maternal directiveness or support for autonomy, and mothers in the two groups used similar verbal strategies when helping their child. There were also no group differences in child mastery behaviors, measured as persistence with two optimally challenging tasks. However, the two groups differed in the relationships of maternal style with child persistence. Children with Down syndrome whose mothers were more supportive of their autonomy in the shared task displayed greater persistence when working independently on a challenging puzzle, while children of highly directive mothers displayed lower levels of persistence. For typically developing children, persistence was unrelated to maternal style, suggesting that mother behaviors may have different causes or consequences in the two groups. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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