Profiles of Disruptive Behavior Across Early Childhood: Contributions of Frustration Reactivity, Physiological Regulation, and Maternal Behavior

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Susan D. Calkins, Professor (Creator)
Kathryn Amey Degnan (Creator)
Ashley L. Hill (Creator)
Susan P. Keane, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Disruptive behavior, including aggression, defiance, and temper tantrums, typically peaks in early toddlerhood and decreases by school entry; however, some children do not show this normative decline. The current study examined disruptive behavior in 318 boys and girls at 2, 4, and 5 years of age and frustration reactivity, physiological regulation, and maternal behavior in the laboratory at 2 years of age. A latent profile analysis resulted in 4 longitudinal profiles of disruptive behavior, which were differentiated by interactions between reactivity, regulation, and maternal behavior. A high profile was associated with high reactivity combined with high maternal control or low regulation combined with low maternal control. Results are discussed from a developmental psychopathology perspective.

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Child Development, 79(5), 1358-1377.
Language: English
Date: 2008
Children, Child psychology, Disruptive behavior, Frustration, Mother and child

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