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The influence of demographic risk factors on children's behavioral regulation in prekindergarten and kindergarten

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Wanless, Shannon B.; McClelland, Megan; Tominey, Shauna; Acock, Alan C.
Date Issued: 2011
Description: The present study examined the role of demographic risk factors in the development of children's behavioral regulation. We investigated whether being from a low-income family and being an English language learner (ELL) predicted behavioral regulation between prekindergarten and kindergarten. Results indicated that children from low-income families began prekindergarten with significantly lower behavioral regulation than their more economically advantaged peers. Furthermore, English-speaking children from low-income families exhibited a faster rate of behavioral regulation growth than low-income ELLs. English-speaking children from low-income families narrowed the gap with their more economically advantaged English-speaking peers by the end of kindergarten, but ELLs from low-income families did not. Practice or Policy: Discussion focuses on the importance of understanding the effects of being an ELL and being from a low-income family for the demands of formal schooling. (author abstract)
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Journal Title: Early Education and Development
Volume Number: 22
Issue Number: 3
Page Range: 461-488
Topics: Children & Child Development > Child Characteristics > Socioeconomic Status

Children & Child Development > Child Development & School Readiness > Behavior/Social & Emotional Development/Socialization

Children & Child Development > Children with Special Needs & Special Child Populations > Native Language
Country: United States
States: OREGON
ISSN: 1040-9289 Paper
1556-6935 Online
Peer Reviewed: yes
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