Coordination of Maternal Directives With Preschoolers' Behavior in Compliance-Problem and Healthy Dyads

Michael A. Westerman

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How mothers in compliance-problem vs. healthy dyads modulated the specificity of directives as a function of their preschoolers' moment-to-moment behavior was investigated. Interaction was observed in 8 compliance-problem and 8 healthy mother-child (3- to 4 1 2-year-olds) dyads in a block task originally developed by Wood & Middleton (1975). Mothers in the healthy group, as compared with those in the problem group, had significantly higher scores on a measure of maternal coordination, defined as the proportion of interventions that conformed to the rule that mothers should become more specific in their directives when their children fail and less specific when they succeed. Findings based on the z-score method of sequential analysis also indicated that healthy-group mothers more effectively modulated their directives. Implications for the long-standing controversy about whether parental control is good or bad are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)621-630
Number of pages10
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Volume26
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1990

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Coordination of Maternal Directives With Preschoolers' Behavior in Compliance-Problem and Healthy Dyads. / Westerman, Michael A.

In: Developmental Psychology, Vol. 26, No. 4, 07.1990, p. 621-630.

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