Maternal support for autonomy : relationships with persistence for children with Down syndrome and typically developing children

Gilmore, Linda, Cuskelly, Monica, Jobling, Anne, & Hayes, Alan (2009) Maternal support for autonomy : relationships with persistence for children with Down syndrome and typically developing children. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 30(5), pp. 1023-1032.

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Maternal behaviors and child mastery behaviors were examined in 25 children with Down syndrome and 43 typically developing children matched for mental age (24–36 months). During a shared problem-solving task, there were no group differences in maternal directiveness or support for autonomy, and mothers in the two groups used similar verbal strategies when helping their child. There were also no group differences in child mastery behaviors, measured as persistence with two optimally challenging tasks. However, the two groups differed in the relationships of maternal style with child persistence. Children with Down syndrome whose mothers were more supportive of their autonomy in the shared task displayed greater persistence when working independently on a challenging puzzle, while children of highly directive mothers displayed lower levels of persistence. For typically developing children, persistence was unrelated to maternal style, suggesting that mother behaviors may have different causes or consequences in the two groups.

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ID Code: 27807
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Maternal style, Directiveness, Support for autonomy, Verbal Strategies, Persistence, Down syndrome
DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2009.02.005
ISSN: 08914222
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in <Research in Developmental Disabilities>. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Research in Developmental Disabilities, [VOL 30, ISSUE 5, (2009)] DOI 10.1016/j.ridd.2009.02.005”
Deposited On: 06 Oct 2009 23:30
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 09:41

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