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ERIC Number: EJ930209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0009-398X
Mothers' Predictions of Their Son's Executive Functioning Skills: Relations to Child Behavior Problems
Johnston, Charlotte
Child Psychiatry and Human Development, v42 n4 p482-494 Aug 2011
This study examined mothers' ability to accurately predict their sons' performance on executive functioning tasks in relation to the child's behavior problems. One-hundred thirteen mothers and their 4-7 year old sons participated. From behind a one-way mirror, mothers watched their sons perform tasks assessing inhibition and planning skills. Before each task, mothers predicted how their sons would perform. Both the absolute discrepancy between mothers' predictions and their child's performance (summing both mothers' over- and under-estimations), and the mothers' under-estimations of their child's performance accounted for significant variance in reports of child behavior problems. These predictions were significant even with the child's age and level of task performance controlled. The results suggest that a mother's lack of ability to accurately predict her child's executive functioning skills may contribute to the development of child problems, perhaps through increased difficulties in parenting in a manner that is responsive to the child's abilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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