ERIC Number: EJ1070551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
The Influence of Parental Socioeconomic Background and Gender on Self-Regulation among 5-Year-Old Children in Norway
Størksen, Ingunn; Ellingsen, Ingunn T.; Wanless, Shannon B.; McClelland, Megan M.
Early Education and Development, v26 n5-6 p663-684 2015
Research Findings: Self-regulation in young children predicts later social adjustment and academic success across cultural contexts. Therefore, it is crucial to identify factors that promote or inhibit behavioral self-regulation skills. In this study, we focus on gender and socioeconomic status (SES; parental education and income) as possible predictors of 2 types of self-regulation in Norwegian children: individual behavioral regulation (assessed directly using the Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders task) and classroom behavioral regulation (rated by teachers using the Survey of Early School Adjustment). A total of 243 children age 5 (85% of those invited) participated. Results indicated that Norwegian girls outperformed boys in both types of behavioral regulation. In addition, parental SES related positively to girls' individual behavioral regulation but not boys'. Practice or Policy: The present study supports the idea that boys may be vulnerable to low individual and classroom behavioral regulation in certain contexts and cultures and that parental SES may influence girls' and boys' individual behavioral regulation differently. Future research and practice should look at interventions specially designed to stimulate and motivate behavioral regulation among boys in general and among girls with lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Gender Differences, Self Control, Young Children, Parents, Parent Influence, Foreign Countries, Student Behavior, Correlation, Cultural Influences, Family Characteristics, Questionnaires, Educational Attainment, Family Income, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Norway