Prediction of social skills in 6-year-old children with and without developmental delays: Contributions of early regulation and maternal scaffolding

Jason K. Baker, Rachel M. Fenning, Keith Crnic, Bruce L. Baker, Jan Blacher

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Abstract

Children's emotion dysregulation and maternal scaffolding at age 4 were examined as predictors of social skills at age 6, for 66 children with and 106 without early developmental delays. Observed scaffolding and regulation during frustrating laboratory tasks related to later mother, father, and teacher social-skill ratings for children with delays and were stronger predictors of social skills within this group than were developmental level and early behavior problems. In contrast, fewer associations were found for typically developing children, with early behavior problems providing the only unique prediction to social skills. Data support a model in which dysregulation partially mediates the association between developmental status and social-skill outcomes. Implications for research, prevention, and early intervention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-391
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal on Mental Retardation
Volume112
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Rehabilitation
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Health Professions(all)

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