Children's language and behavioural, social and emotional difficulties and prosocial behaviour during the toddler years and at school entry
Hartas, Dimitra, 1966-. (2011) Children's language and behavioural, social and emotional difficulties and prosocial behaviour during the toddler years and at school entry. British Journal of Special Education, Vol.38 (No.2). pp. 83-91. ISSN 1467-8578
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8578.2011.00507.x
The ability of young children to manage their emotions and behaviours is an important prerequisite for social adjustment and school readiness. With an increase in early-onset behavioural difficulties in children, understanding changes in child behaviour during the preschool years and the factors that influence it is a priority for policy and practice. Despite much evidence on the association between language and behavioural difficulties in children, few studies have examined longitudinally language and problem / prosocial behaviour in early years. Using a UK community-based sample, this study examined the association between language, gender and behavioural, social and emotional difficulties and prosocial behaviour during the toddler years and at school entry. The findings showed a moderate decline in behavioural and social difficulties during preschool, and stability in emotional difficulties. Moderate associations were found between vocabulary and problem behaviour but not prosocial behaviour, with literacy-based language emerging as a substantive predictor of teacher-rated behaviour. These findings have important implications for early years provision.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education ( -2013)|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Preschool children, Children -- Conduct of life, Emotions in children, Children -- Language, Social skills in children|
|Journal or Publication Title:||British Journal of Special Education|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Official Date:||June 2011|
|Page Range:||pp. 83-91|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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