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Pratt, Megan E.; Swanson, Jodi; van Huisstede, Lauren; Gaias, Larissa M. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2019
Multiple, simultaneous stressors in the family context during early childhood may compromise healthy adjustment to school, with potential long-term implications. Moreover, stressors across multiple contexts (e.g., home and school) can exacerbate the negative influences of stress on children's functioning. We investigated associations between…
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Standardized Tests, Teacher Student Relationship, Student Adjustment
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Goodlett, Benjamin D.; Trentacosta, Christopher J.; McLear, Caitlin; Crespo, Laura; Wheeler, Rebecca; Williams, Alexis; Chaudhry, Kiren; Smith-Darden, Joanne – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2017
Maternal depressive symptoms predict negative child behaviors, including internalizing problems. However, protective factors, such as positive emotionality and positive parenting behaviors, may play an important a role in attenuating associations between maternal depressive symptoms and child behavior problems. This article presents two studies…
Descriptors: Mothers, Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), At Risk Persons
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Bocknek, Erika L.; Dayton, Carolyn; Raveau, Hasti A.; Richardson, Patricia; Brophy-Herb, Holly E.; Fitzgerald, Hiram E. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2017
In recent years, a literature has emerged describing contributions fathers make to the development of very young children. Scholars suggest that active play may be a specific area of parenting in which fathers are primary and, further, that this type of play helps children experience intense emotions and learn to regulate them. However, this…
Descriptors: Play, Fathers, Young Children, Correlation
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Torppa, Minna; Georgiou, George K.; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Niemi, Pekka; Poikkeus, Anna-Maija – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2016
This study examined the dynamic relationships among the components of the Simple View of Reading (SVR) in a transparent orthography (Finnish) and the predictive value of cognitive skills (phonological awareness, letter knowledge, rapid naming, and vocabulary) on the SVR components. Altogether, 1,815 Finnish children were followed from kindergarten…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Salvas, Marie-Claude; Vitaro, Frank; Brendgen, Mara; Cantin, Ste´phane – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2016
Positive friendships have been related to decreasing levels of children's physical aggression over time. While this evidence calls for interventions aimed at helping children build good-quality friendships, tests of causality through experimental manipulations are still needed. The goal of this study was to examine whether an intervention aimed to…
Descriptors: Correlation, Aggression, Friendship, Intervention
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Sengsavang, Sonia; Krettenauer, Tobias – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2015
This study examined the role of aggressiveness and parenting in the development of children's moral self-concept. Participants were 198 elementary school children and their parents (M = 8.65 years, SD = 2.44). Participants completed a structured moral self puppet interview and a questionnaire about their relationship to parents. Parents completed…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Aggression, Parent Child Relationship, Role
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Lee, Phyllis; Bierman, Karen L. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2015
For socioeconomically disadvantaged children, a positive experience in kindergarten may play a particularly important role in fostering the behavioral adjustment and learning engagement necessary for school success. Prior research has identified supportive student--teacher relationships and classroom emotional support as two features of the…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Disadvantaged Youth, Low Income Groups, Early Intervention
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Upadyaya, Katja; Eccles, Jacquelynne S. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2014
The present study investigated to what extent teachers' beliefs about children's achievement contribute to the development of children's math interest. In addition, the extent to which other possible predictors, such as performance in math, gender, and race/ethnicity would contribute to the development of children's math interest was examined.…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Mathematics Achievement, Gender Differences, Racial Differences
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Runions, Kevin C.; Vitaro, Fank; Cross, Donna; Shaw, Thérèse; Hall, Margaret – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2014
This investigation used two-part growth modeling and cross-lagged panel analysis to examine the predictive function of parenting and teacher-child relationship on the likelihood of children showing problems with parent-rated physical aggression, and on the severity of problems, for 374 children followed from prekindergarten and first grade.…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Parenting Styles, Child Rearing, Aggression
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Spivak, Asha L.; Howes, Carollee – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2011
This study examined whether social exchanges and relationships among young children and with teachers in early care and education are associated with prosocial behavior of children from diverse ethnocultural backgrounds. Social and relational factors including closeness of the teacher-child relationship, emotional tone of teacher-child…
Descriptors: Play, Prosocial Behavior, Disadvantaged Youth, Interpersonal Relationship
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Jobe-Shields, Lisa; Cohen, Robert; Parra, Gilbert R. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2011
Latent growth-mixture modeling was used to investigate patterns of change in loneliness for 170 children from third through fifth grades. A three-class model representing unique trajectories of loneliness provided the best overall fit to the data, including a Stable Low group (65%), as well as groups of Increasers (23%) and Decreasers (12%).…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Peer Relationship, Grade 3, Victims of Crime
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Pillow, Bradford H.; Pearson, RaeAnne M. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2009
Adults' and kindergarten through fourth-grade children's evaluations and explanations of inductive inferences, deductive inferences, and guesses were assessed. Beginning in kindergarten, participants rated deductions as more certain than weak inductions or guesses. Beginning in third grade, deductions were rated as more certain than strong…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Kindergarten, Grade 3, Inferences
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Morrison, Frederick J. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2009
The four articles in this issue exemplify several exciting trends in the ongoing effort to understand the nature and sources of children's academic trajectories. Particularly noteworthy is the common thread of searching for key parenting and child mediators of the connection between parental educational accomplishments and child outcomes. In an…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Adolescents, Academic Achievement, Trend Analysis
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Davis-Kean, Pamela E.; Sexton, Holly R. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2009
Using data from a national multiethnic, longitudinal study of children, this study examined the process of how parents' educational attainment is related to children's achievement through the beliefs and behaviors of parents and how this influence varies by race/ethnicity. Measures of socioeconomic status, parental expectations for educational…
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Structural Equation Models, Educational Attainment, Achievement Need
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Johnson, Anna D.; Martin, Anne; Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne; Petrill, Stephen A. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2008
The current study examines whether associations exist between household chaos and children's early reading skills, after controlling for a comprehensive battery of home literacy environment characteristics. Our sample included 455 kindergarten and first-grade children who are enrolled in the Western Reserve Reading Project. We go on to test…
Descriptors: Early Reading, Mothers, Phonological Awareness, Literacy
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