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ERIC Number: EJ947527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0193-3973
Shyness-Anxiousness and Receptive Language Skills Development in Spanish- and English-Speaking Preschoolers
Strand, Paul S.; Pula, Kacy; Parks, Craig D.; Cerna, Sandra
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, v32 n6 p363-368 Nov-Dec 2011
The present study utilized a short-term longitudinal research design to model the relationship between shyness-anxiousness and receptive language skills. Hypotheses regarding the direction of the causal relationship, mediation, and moderation were evaluated. Subjects included 340 Head Start attendees from primarily English- and Spanish-speaking homes. Results suggest that a unidirectional relationship between shyness-anxiousness and receptive language skills emerges in preschool. Shyness-anxiousness impacted receptive language skills and this relationship was mediated by communication competence. Neither gender nor native language moderated the indirect relationship from shyness-anxiousness to receptive language through communication competence. These results are discussed with respect to elucidating the nature of the bidirectional relationship between shyness-anxiousness and language skills and identifying intervention targets to improve language outcomes for shy-anxious preschoolers. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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