Early predictors of self-regulation in middle childhood

Rebecca A. Colman, Sam A. Hardy, Myesha Albert, Marcela Raffaelli, Elizabeth J Crockett

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Abstract

The present study examined the contribution of caregiving practices at ages 4-5 (Time 1) to children's capacity for self-regulation at ages 8-9 (Time 2). The multi-ethnic sample comprised 549 children of National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) participants. High levels of maternal warmth and low levels of physically punitive discipline at Time 1 were associated with a greater capacity for self-regulation at Time 2. These associations remained significant once initial levels of self-regulation were taken into account, indicating that the development of self-regulation is open to caregiver influence during childhood. Neither child gender nor ethnicity moderated the effects of early parenting practices on later self-regulation; the interaction between low maternal warmth and high discipline was also non-significant. Findings add to the literature on how early parenting practices shape children's capacity for effective self-regulation, and have implications for researchers and practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-437
Number of pages17
JournalInfant and Child Development
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006

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Keywords

  • Middle childhood
  • Parenting
  • Self-regulation

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Early predictors of self-regulation in middle childhood. / Colman, Rebecca A.; Hardy, Sam A.; Albert, Myesha; Raffaelli, Marcela; Crockett, Elizabeth J.

In: Infant and Child Development, Vol. 15, No. 4, 01.07.2006, p. 421-437.

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Colman, RA, Hardy, SA, Albert, M, Raffaelli, M & Crockett, EJ 2006, 'Early predictors of self-regulation in middle childhood', Infant and Child Development, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 421-437. https://doi.org/10.1002/icd.469
Colman, Rebecca A. ; Hardy, Sam A. ; Albert, Myesha ; Raffaelli, Marcela ; Crockett, Elizabeth J. / Early predictors of self-regulation in middle childhood. In: Infant and Child Development. 2006 ; Vol. 15, No. 4. pp. 421-437.
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