Keywords

self-regulation, middle childhood, parenting

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 multiethnic 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 signifi cant once initial levels of self-regulation were taken into account, indicating that the development of self-regulation is open to caregiver infl uence 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-signifi cant. 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 Publication Citation

Colman, R.A., Hardy, S.A., Albert M., Raffaelli, M., Crockett, L. Early Predictors of Self-Regulation in Middle Childhood, Inf. Child Dev. 15: 421–437 (2006). DOI: 10.1002/icd.469

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2006-07-20

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Psychology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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Psychology Commons

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