Predicting social wariness in middle childhood: The moderating roles of childcare history, maternal personality and maternal behavior

Kathryn Amey Degnan, Heather A. Henderson, Nathan A. Fox, Kenneth H. Rubin

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Abstract

Children with behavioral inhibition, a temperamental style characterized by infant distress to novelty and childhood social reticence, exhibit both continuity and discontinuity of this behavioral trait over the course of development. However, few researchers have identified factors that might be responsible for these different patterns. In the current study, childcare history, maternal personality, and maternal behavior were examined as moderators of the relations between infant temperament, preschool social reticence, and childhood social wariness. Seventy-seven children participated in this longitudinal study that began in infancy and continued into middle childhood. Maternal negative personality moderated the relation between infant temperament and childhood social wariness. In addition, maternal behavior moderated the relation between preschool social reticence and childhood social wariness. The findings suggest that a complex interplay of within-child and maternal factors affect the development of internalizing behavior in the early school years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-487
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Development
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008

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Keywords

  • Maternal behavior
  • Maternal personality
  • Reticence
  • Temperament

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  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Predicting social wariness in middle childhood : The moderating roles of childcare history, maternal personality and maternal behavior. / Degnan, Kathryn Amey; Henderson, Heather A.; Fox, Nathan A.; Rubin, Kenneth H.

In: Social Development, Vol. 17, No. 3, 01.08.2008, p. 471-487.

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Degnan, Kathryn Amey ; Henderson, Heather A. ; Fox, Nathan A. ; Rubin, Kenneth H. / Predicting social wariness in middle childhood : The moderating roles of childcare history, maternal personality and maternal behavior. In: Social Development. 2008 ; Vol. 17, No. 3. pp. 471-487.
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