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ERIC Number: EJ866876
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-1088-8691
Implications of Overweight Onset and Persistence for Social and Behavioral Development between Kindergarten Entry and Third Grade
Gable, Sara; Krull, Jennifer L.; Chang, Yiting
Applied Developmental Science, v13 n2 p88-103 2009
The current study examines the social and behavioral development of school-age children with different histories of overweight onset. Eight thousand children from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort (ECLS-K) participated. Three groups of children were identified for analysis: (1) those who were persistently overweight from kindergarten and/or first grade through third grade; (2) those who were overweight only at third grade; and, (3) those who were never overweight between kindergarten and third grade. Models controlled for child, parent, and family characteristics and tested the linear and quadratic effects of time, the main effects of overweight group and gender, and the interactions among time, overweight group, and gender. Results revealed an effect of overweight on children's social and behavioral functioning, with several effects moderated by gender and time. Findings are discussed within the context of gender and development during early middle childhood. (Contains 3 footnotes, 4 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey