Executive Function, Parenting Style, and Theory of Mind

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Title: Executive Function, Parenting Style, and Theory of Mind
Author: Harrison, Michelle R.
Abstract: This research investigated the individual differences in theory of mind (ToM) and executive functioning (EF) in preschool-age children. The relationship between parenting styles and ToM was also investigated, and specifically examined EF as a possible mediator between parenting styles and ToM. A sample of 3.5- to 5.5-year-old children (N = 25) were run through a series of EF and ToM tasks while parents filled out a Parenting Style Questionnaire. It was hypothesized that positive relationships would be found between parenting and ToM, parenting and EF, and EF and ToM. After running a correlational analysis, a significant relationship was found between ToM and Authoritative parenting styles, r = .43, p=.05. However, no significant relations were found between EF and parenting or EF and ToM. Future studies should use broader, more diverse populations to capture a more representative sample, as well as include supplementary tasks to further investigate EF skills. Limitations are also discussed.
Description: 27 p.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/3076
Date: 2006

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