Links were examined between parenting behavior and preschool-aged children's peer competence. Mothers and fathers were observed with their children in contexts designed to elicit parent - child play, involvement in child - peer play, and social coaching. Child competence was assessed via peer and teacher ratings. Mothers' and fathers' behaviors were largely independent, both within and across contexts. Parent - child play was associated with boys', but not girls', peer competence. Mothers' coaching was associated with girls', but not boys', competence. Mothers' involvement in child - peer play predicted lower levels of child competence, whereas fathers' involvement predicted higher levels of competence. A regression analysis showed that mothers' social coaching and father - child play additively and incrementally predicted children's social skillfulness. Findings are discussed in terms of a model of the context-specific, differential socialization of boys and girls.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||21|
|State||Published - Apr 1 1998|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)