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ERIC Number: EJ764108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Sustained Attention and Social Competence in Typically Developing Preschool-Aged Children
Murphy, Laura M. Bennett; Laurie-Rose, Cynthia; Brinkman, Tara M.; McNamara, Kelly A.
Early Child Development and Care, v177 n2 p133-149 Feb 2007
The current study examines the relationship between sustained attention and social competence in preschool children. While studies demonstrate that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) exhibit poor social competence, less is known about typically developing children. Since children with ADHD have associated behavior problems besides attention deficits, the question remains whether attention "per se" affects social competence. Forty preschool children participated. Children completed a vigilance task and were observed in free play. Results indicate that attention was associated with greater social competence. Specifically, correct detections predicted social and reciprocal play. Children with higher perceptual sensitivity were more gregarious. Those with greater perceptual sensitivity but less conservatism demonstrated more complex play. Finally, rates of false alarms predicted aggression. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A