Associations among Maternal Behavior, Delay of Gratification, and School Readiness across the Early Childhood Years

Rachel A. Razza, Kimberly Raymond

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Abstract

This study examined the developmental pathways from maternal behavior to school readiness within a sample of 1007 children, with a specific focus on the mediating role of delay of gratification (DoG). Maternal behavior across the first 36 months of age was explored as a predictor of children's DoG at 54 months as well as their behavioral and academic competence in kindergarten. Results support sensitivity as a predictor of children's DoG and indicate significant associations between DoG and teacher-reported externalizing behavior, social skills, and academic skills. Moreover, DoG partially mediated the associations between maternal sensitivity and school readiness skills, with the highest percentage of mediation reported for social skills. Findings indicate maternal sensitivity and DoG as potential targets for efforts aimed at enhancing school readiness among young children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-196
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Development
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2013

Keywords

  • Parents/parenting
  • School readiness
  • Self-regulation
  • Social behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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