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The relative contribution of peer acceptance and individual and class-level teacher–child interactions to kindergartners’ behavioral development

Weyns, T., Colpin, H., Engels, M. C., Doumen, S. & Verschueren, K., 2019, In : Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 47, p. 259-270 12 p.

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  • The relative contribution of peer acceptance and individual and class-level teacher–child interactions to kindergartners’ behavioral development

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The present longitudinal study examined the relative contribution of peer acceptance and individual and class-level teacher–child interactions to the development of externalizing and internalizing behaviors in kindergarten. A sample of 237 children (49% boys, Mage = 5.19 years) from 36 classrooms was followed during three waves in kindergarten. Individual and class-level teacher–child interactions were observed, while peer ratings were used to assess peer acceptance, and teacher ratings to assess child behavior.
Multilevel modelling showed that children’s aggressive and anxious-fearful behavior was stable over time. Children who had more negative individual interactions with their teachers at the start of kindergarten displayed higher levels of externalizing behavior. Children whose teacher displayed more sensitive interactions at the class-level had lower levels of internalizing problems. Our study underscores the importance of including both individual and class-level teacher–child interactions and including several
dimensions of the emotional component of teacher–child interactions in future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-270
Number of pages12
JournalEarly Childhood Research Quarterly
Volume47
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

    Keywords

  • School-based interactions, Teacher-child interactions, Peer acceptance, Behavioral development, Kindergarten, EXTERNALIZING BEHAVIOR, INTERPERSONAL BEHAVIORS, RELATIONSHIP QUALITY, DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS, AGGRESSIVE-BEHAVIOR, ANXIOUS SOLITUDE, SELF-CONCEPT, SCHOOL, ADJUSTMENT, TRAJECTORIES

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