Do mothers' perceptions and concerns about preschoolers' peer competence predict their peer‐management practices?

Susan M. Profilet, Gary Ladd

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Abstract

Although parents' management behaviors have been associated with children's competence with peers, relatively little is known about factors that may determine parents' management practices. In this study, measures of mothers' perceptions and concerns, mother' peer‐related management practices, and children's social competence were obtained with 62 preschool children and their mothers. Results indicated that mothers differentiated between prosocial behavior and peer sociability when assessing children's progress relative to peers. Girls received higher progress ratings from their mothers than did boys, and mothers tended to view their children's prosocial skills as less well developed than their sociability toward peers. Mothers who reported lower estimates of their children's sociability tended to have higher levels of concern and were less involved in the management of their children's informal peer relations. Conversely, mothers who managed children's social lives by facilitating informal peer activities and promoting children's social autonomy tended to see their children as more sociable with peers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-221
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Development
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Maternal perceptions
  • parental management
  • social competence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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