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Davidov, Maayan; Grusec, Joan E.; Wolfe, Janis L. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2012
Fifty-nine 6- to 9-year-old children evaluated three discipline strategies (reasoning, verbal power assertion, acknowledgment of feelings), and mothers were asked to predict their children's evaluations. Maternal knowledge scores were derived. Mothers were less accurate at predicting their children's perceptions of discipline when the misdeed in…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Discipline, Child Rearing, Parenting Styles
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Swanson, Jodi; Valiente, Carlos; Lemery-Chalfant, Kathryn – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2012
Components of the home environment are associated with children's academic functioning. The accumulation of risks in the home are expected to prove more detrimental to achievement than any one risk alone, but the processes accounting for this relation are unclear. Using an index of cumulative home risk (CHR) inclusive of protective factors, as…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Predictor Variables, Risk Assessment, Family Environment
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Smith, Peter K. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2010
The eight contributions to this special issue provide an informative focus on many aspects of peer-based victimization in schools. Often using sophisticated quantitative and analytic procedures, they advance our knowledge in several important domains, pointing out important contextual variables, interactions, and mediating factors in the negative…
Descriptors: Victims of Crime, Q Methodology, Feedback (Response), Context Effect
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Thompson, Ross A. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2006
With remarkable ease, young children acquire significant insight into mental states, their experiences, psychological processes in themselves and others, and the natural world. It is a challenge to developmental theory to understand how they do so. The contributors to this special issue highlight how children's powerfully inductive mental…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Mothers, Child Development, Communication Skills
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Harris, Paul L. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2006
Despite their diverse themes, the various articles in this special issue all focus on the possibility that the child's view of the world is infused with premises and assumptions taken on board from other people. Demonstrating that process of transmission from parent to child is not easy. One powerful strategy would be to show that parental…
Descriptors: Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Interpersonal Competence, Parent Influence
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Reid, Pamela Trotman; Roberts, Sally K. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2006
In response to indicators that a decline in interest in mathematics occurs among girls--particularly those from low-income and minority groups--during middle school, the GO-GIRL (Gaining Options: Girls Investigate Real Life) program was designed to help potentially talented at-risk girls. The program aimed to build mathematical confidence, skills,…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Private Schools, Mentors, Females
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Toro, Paul A. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2006
A personal account of a program of research on homelessness and poverty spanning the past 20 years is provided, with a focus on the many methodological, practical, and ethical difficulties encountered. Interesting discoveries and enjoyable aspects of the research process are also presented. Several role conflicts that arose for the researcher in…
Descriptors: Community Leaders, Homeless People, Research Methodology, Disadvantaged Youth
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Moore, Kristin Anderson – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2006
Basic research can inform social policy in a number of ways. First, it can draw the attention of policy makers to problems. Second, it can deflect policy makers away from focusing on issues that are not really problems. Third, it can help policy makers understand whether or not factors are causally related to problems and the processes underlying…
Descriptors: Policy Formation, Researchers, Research, Access to Information
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Hoff, Erika – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2006
Researchers in the fields of cognitive and language development have made less use of large-scale longitudinal designs and of person-centered approaches to data analysis than have researchers in the fields of social and personality development. It is argued that differences among domains of developmental psychology in the research methods employed…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Personality, Data Analysis, Developmental Psychology
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Heymann, S. Jody; Penrose, Kate; Earle, Alison – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2006
The majority of parents in the United States today must balance work and caregiving responsibilities. Workplace policies and community supports markedly influence the ability of parents to care for their children's health and education while obtaining, retaining, and advancing in their jobs. The goal of this article is to analyze the dilemmas…
Descriptors: Social Class, Low Income, Employed Parents, Low Income Groups
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Gleason, Tracy R. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2005
Mothers' and fathers' beliefs and attitudes regarding pretend play were examined as a function of whether their children had imaginary companions and their children's gender. Parents (73 mothers, 40 fathers) were surveyed about their children's pretend play, their attitudes toward pretense, and the environments they provided for their children's…
Descriptors: Mothers, Fathers, Play, Parent Attitudes
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Spooner, Andrea L.; Evans, Mary Ann; Santos, Renata – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2005
Differences between children's self-ratings of shyness and ratings made by their teachers and primary caregivers were investigated in a sample of 90 self-reported shy schoolchildren between 10 and 12 years of age. Analyses revealed that correlations between children's own shyness ratings and those made by parents or teachers were low to moderate,…
Descriptors: Self Esteem, Self Concept, Shyness, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
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Dunn, Judy – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2004
Increasing numbers of children experience parental separation and formation of stepfamilies. Research into the impact of these family transitions on children's adjustment by family sociologists and psychologists has greatly increased; changes in research perspectives over the last two decades are discussed, including a focus on individual…
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Parents, Adjustment (to Environment), Emotional Response
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Ladd, Gary W. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2004
The academic year 2004-2005 marks the 50th anniversary of the "Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: A Journal of Developmental Psychology." This occasion provides an opportunity to celebrate the journal's heritage, its long history of scholarly contributions to the human developmental sciences, and its current and future mission as a purveyor of scientific…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Developmental Psychology, Periodicals
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Binfet,Ty – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2004
This study examined two distinct moral reasoning interventions: an interindividual intervention, in which students discussed moral dilemmas, and an intraindividual intervention, in which students individually reflected on moral dilemmas. Ninety-seven 6th- and 7th-grade students were administered pre- and posttest measures of the Sociomoral…
Descriptors: Intervention, Experimental Groups, Discussion Groups, Moral Issues
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