Toddler behavior patterns as related to mother anxiety levels

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Phyllis Waring Rollinson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Helen Canaday

Abstract: The purpose of this exploratory study was to determine the relationship between the anxiety level of the mothers of toddlers and the type of anxious behavior the toddlers displayed as they entered a group situation for the first time. The anxiety level of ten mothers of newly enrolled toddlers in the toddler play group which is a part of the School of Home Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, was specified by the scores the mothers received on a fear inventory completed on the first days of a nine week study. The mothers were divided into a high and low anxiety group according to their scores. By matching the toddlers with their mothers, the children were classified as belonging to the high or low anxiety group. Twenty-seven coping behavior activities of the toddlers were observed and recorded at five minute intervals for one hour each session for a total of twelve hours. The coping behavior activities were subclassified into three types: anxious behavior activities, less anxious behavior activities and least anxious behavior activities.

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Language: English
Date: 1969

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