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Camodeca, Marina; Taraschi, Emanuela – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2015
This work considers a still uninvestigated research issue-namely, whether parents' moral disengagement affected preschool children's externalizing behavior. Participants were 245 children (126 girls and 119 boys) aged 3-6 years. Parents' moral disengagement was assessed in terms of their externalization of blame and their indifference in reactions…
Descriptors: Fathers, Parent Child Relationship, Educational Practices, Moral Values
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Misailidi, Plousia; Kornilaki, Ekaterina N. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2015
This study examined the development of children's reasoning about the afterlife and its relationship with parental afterlife beliefs and testimony. A total of 123 children aged 5, 7, and 10 years were read a story describing the events that led to a person's death. After hearing the story, children were asked questions about the dead agent's…
Descriptors: Religion, Religious Factors, Logical Thinking, Parents
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Blankson, A. Nayena; O'Brien, Marion; Leerkes, Esther M.; Calkins, Susan D.; Marcovitch, Stuart D. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2015
We examined the impact of television viewing at ages 3 and 4 on vocabulary and at age 5 on executive functioning in the context of home learning environment and parental scaffolding. Children (N = 263) were seen in the lab when they were 3 years old and then again at ages 4 and 5. Parents completed measures assessing child television viewing and…
Descriptors: Television Viewing, Vocabulary Development, Language Acquisition, Age Differences
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DiLalla, Lisabeth Fisher; John, Sufna Gheyara – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2014
Peer victimization appears heritable, but it is unclear whether the traits that confer genetic risk require time and familiarity with a perpetrator to manifest or whether novel and brief interactions can lead to received aggression that demonstrates similar genetic risk. We examined 20-minute, peer-play interactions between 5-year-olds, pairing…
Descriptors: Genetics, Child Behavior, Aggression, Preschool Children
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Lindsey, Eric W.; Colwell, Malinda J. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2013
This study investigated different forms of pretend and physical play as predictors of preschool children's "affective social competence" (ASC). Data were collected from 122 preschool children (57 boys, 65 girls; 86 European American, 9 African American, 17 Hispanic, and 10 other ethnicity) over a 2-year period. Children participated in…
Descriptors: Imagination, Play, Preschool Children, Affective Behavior
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Evans, Cortney A.; Nelson, Larry J.; Porter, Christin L.; Nelson, David A.; Hart, Craig H. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2012
This study assesses the relationships between children's shy and antisocial/aggressive behaviors and maternal beliefs, and concomitant parenting behaviors. Structural equation models examined 199 mothers' perceptions of aggression and shyness in their preschool-age children (average age = 59.63 months); maternal beliefs (i.e., locus of control,…
Descriptors: Aggression, Shyness, Child Rearing, Mothers