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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636093/introspection-plays-an-early-role-in-children-s-explicit-theory-of-mind-development
#1
Christopher R Gonzales, William V Fabricius, Anne S Kupfer
This study assessed children's (N = 236) ability to introspect the mental states of seeing and knowing relative to their ability to attribute each state to others. Children could introspect seeing 10 months before they could introspect knowing. Two- and 3-year-olds correctly reported their own seeing states, whereas 3- and 4-year-olds correctly reported their own knowing states. For each mental state, there was a 7-month difference before children could correctly attribute that state to another. These findings indicate that knowing is more difficult to introspect than seeing and that the ability to introspect each mental state emerges prior to the ability to correctly attribute them to others...
June 21, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631304/when-and-how-do-students-benefit-from-ethnic-diversity-in-middle-school
#2
Jaana Juvonen, Kara Kogachi, Sandra Graham
The effects of school-based ethnic diversity on student well-being and race-related views were examined during the first year in middle school. To capture the dynamic nature of ethnic exposure, diversity was assessed both at the school-level (n = 26) and based on academic course enrollments of African American, Asian, Latino, and White students (n = 4,302; M = 11.33 years). Across all four pan-ethnic groups, school-level ethnic diversity was associated with lower sense of vulnerability (i.e., feeling safer, less victimized, and less lonely) as well as perceptions of teachers' fair and equal treatment of ethnic groups and lower out-group distance...
June 20, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631266/for-better-or-worse-system-justifying-beliefs-in-sixth-grade-predict-trajectories-of-self-esteem-and-behavior-across-early-adolescence
#3
Erin B Godfrey, Carlos E Santos, Esther Burson
Scholars call for more attention to how marginalization influences the development of low-income and racial/ethnic minority youth and emphasize the importance of youth's subjective perceptions of contexts. This study examines how beliefs about the fairness of the American system (system justification) in sixth grade influence trajectories of self-esteem and behavior among 257 early adolescents (average age 11.4) from a diverse, low-income, middle school in an urban southwestern city. System justification was associated with higher self-esteem, less delinquent behavior, and better classroom behavior in sixth grade but worse trajectories of these outcomes from sixth to eighth grade...
June 19, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631260/low-income-ethnically-diverse-children-s-engagement-as-a-predictor-of-school-readiness-above-preschool-classroom-quality
#4
Terri J Sabol, Natalie L Bohlmann, Jason T Downer
This study examined whether children's observed individual engagement with teachers, peers, and tasks related to their school readiness after controlling for observed preschool classroom quality and children's baseline skills. The sample included 211 predominately low-income, racially/ethnically diverse 4-year-old children in 49 preschool classrooms in one medium-sized U.S. city. Results indicated that children's positive engagement with (a) teachers related to improved literacy skills; (b) peers related to improved language and self-regulatory skills; and (c) tasks related to closer relationships with teachers...
June 19, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626994/promoting-inclusion-via-cross-group-friendship-the-mediating-role-of-change-in-trust-and-sympathy
#5
Jeanine Grütter, Luciano Gasser, Antonio Zuffianò, Bertolt Meyer
To understand the conditions fostering positive outcomes of inclusive schooling, this two-wave study examined the role of individual change in trust and sympathy for adolescents' cross-group friendships and inclusive attitudes toward students with low academic achievement. Cross-group friendships, intergroup trust, intergroup sympathy, and inclusive attitudes were obtained from surveys completed by 1,122 Swiss adolescents (Mage T1  = 11.54 years, Mage T2  = 12.58 years) from 61 school classes. Results from a parallel latent change score model revealed that the number of cross-group friendships positively related to individual change in trust and sympathy; this growing trust and sympathy in turn predicted adolescents' inclusive attitudes...
June 19, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626930/positive-youth-development-goes-mainstream
#6
Kristin A Moore
Evidence has accumulated that confirms the success of a positive youth development (PYD) approach. Importantly, a positive development approach is just that-an approach. It is not a particular program or curriculum but a set of practices designed to achieve one or more positive outcomes. As such, PYD practices can be added onto other programs to make positive outcomes more likely. For example, a tutoring program can work hard to hire and train staff to work with students in a trusting, respectful relationship...
June 19, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626921/the-arts-as-a-venue-for-developmental-science-realizing-a-latent-opportunity
#7
Thalia R Goldstein, Matthew D Lerner, Ellen Winner
Children in all cultures readily engage in artistic activities, yet the arts (dance, drama, drawing, and music) have traditionally been marginal topics in the discipline of developmental science. We argue that developmental psychologists cannot afford to ignore such naturalistic activities that involve so many basic phenomena-attention, engagement, motivation, emotion regulation, understanding of others, and so on. Despite historical issues with research methodologies and overdrawn conclusions, a current wave of methodologically rigorous studies shows the depth of arts learning, as well as how arts engagement can be harnessed for transfer to other skills...
June 19, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626909/adaptation-during-a-great-economic-recession-a-cohort-study-of-greek-and-immigrant-youth
#8
Frosso Motti-Stefanidi, Jens B Asendorpf
This study examined how Greek and immigrant youth adapted to school life during the economic recession in Greece. Two cohorts of adolescents (Mage  = 12.6 years) were compared, one assessed before the crisis and the other during the crisis (N = 1,057 and 1,052, respectively). Cohort findings were disaggregated by immigrant status, generation, and ethnic group. Crisis-cohort youth experienced more economic problems, displayed worse conduct, higher levels of absenteeism, and lower self-efficacy than precrisis youth...
June 19, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626886/investigation-of-the-integration-of-supports-for-youth-thriving-into-a-community-based-mentoring-program
#9
David L DuBois, Thomas E Keller
A randomized control trial involving 806 youth (ages 10-16; 85.4% low-income households) served in U.S. Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates investigated effects of incorporating activities to promote youth thriving into mentoring relationships over a 15-month period. Outcomes included support for thriving in youths' relationships with adults, youths' personal resources for thriving, and levels of problem behavior. Intent-to-treat analyses revealed no differences in outcomes based on assignment to thriving promotion or standard services...
June 19, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626884/empirical-tests-of-a-brain-based-model-of-executive-function-development
#10
Sammy Perone, Daniel J Plebanek, Megan G Lorenz, John P Spencer, Larissa K Samuelson
Executive function (EF) plays a foundational role in development. A brain-based model of EF development is probed for the experiences that strengthen EF in the dimensional change card sort task in which children sort cards by one rule and then are asked to switch to another. Three-year-olds perseverate on the first rule, failing the task, whereas 4-year-olds pass. Three predictions of the model are tested to help 3-year-olds (N = 54) pass. Experiment 1 shows that experience with shapes and the label "shape" helps children...
June 19, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626872/a-longitudinal-analysis-of-well-being-of-ghanaian-children-in-transnational-families
#11
Victor Cebotari, Valentina Mazzucato, Ernest Appiah
This study is the first to employ panel data to examine well-being outcomes-self-rated health, happiness, life satisfaction, and school enjoyment-of children in transnational families in an African context. It analyzes data collected in 2013, 2014, and 2015 from secondary schoolchildren and youth (ages 12-21) in Ghana (N = 741). Results indicate that children with fathers, mothers, or both parents away and those cared for by a parent, a family, or a nonfamily member are equally or more likely to have higher levels of well-being as children in nonmigrant families...
June 19, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626860/the-longitudinal-associations-among-temperament-parenting-and-turkish-children-s-prosocial-behaviors
#12
Deborah J Laible, Asiye Kumru, Gustavo Carlo, Cara Streit, Bilge Selcuk, Melike Sayil
In Turkey, responsive behaviors toward kin are expected from children. Despite this, we know little about the factors that influence young Turkish children's prosocial behaviors. The goal was to explore how temperament and parenting are related to children's prosocial development in Turkey. A total of 293 Turkish children (Mage  = 49 months; 48.12% females) were followed up for 3 years. Mothers completed measures of their child's prosocial behaviors, as well as measures of their warmth, inductive reasoning, and the child's approach and reactivity...
June 19, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617972/pedagogical-questions-in-parent-child-conversations
#13
Yue Yu, Elizabeth Bonawitz, Patrick Shafto
Questioning is a core component of formal pedagogy. Parents commonly question children, but do they use questions to teach? This article defines "pedagogical questions" as questions for which the questioner already knows the answer and intended to help the questionee learn. Transcripts of parent-child conversations were collected from the CHILDES database to examine the frequency and distribution of pedagogical questions. Analysis of 2,166 questions from 166 mother-child dyads and 64 father-child dyads (child's age between 2 and 6 years) showed that pedagogical questions are commonplace during day-to-day parent-child conversations and vary based on child's age, family environment, and historical era...
June 15, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617962/getting-to-no-pragmatic-and-semantic-factors-in-two-and-three-year-olds-understanding-of-negation
#14
Tracy Reuter, Roman Feiman, Jesse Snedeker
Although infants say "no" early, older children have difficulty understanding its truth-functional meaning. Two experiments investigate whether this difficulty stems from the infelicity of negative sentences out of the blue. In Experiment 1, given supportive discourse, 3-year-olds (N = 16) understood both affirmative and negative sentences. However, with sentence types randomized, 2-year-olds (N = 28) still failed. In Experiment 2, affirmative and negative sentences were blocked. Two-year-olds (N = 28) now succeeded, but only when affirmatives were presented first...
June 15, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617946/heterogeneity-in-perceptions-of-parenting-among-arab-refugee-adolescents-in-jordan
#15
Judith G Smetana, Ikhlas Ahmad
Heterogeneity in parenting was examined in 883 Arab refugee adolescents in Jordan (Mage  = 15.01 years, SD = 1.60). Latent profile analyses of five parenting dimensions rated separately for mothers and fathers yielded authoritative, authoritarian, indifferent, punitive, and for mothers, permissive profiles, with most mothers (60%) and fathers (66%) classified as authoritative. Parenting was more often authoritative for women than men and punitive (for fathers) or permissive (for mothers) of boys than girls...
June 15, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617939/commentary-on-cross-cultural-perspectives-on-positive-youth-development-with-implications-for-intervention-research
#16
Silvia H Koller, Suman Verma
There is a growing focus on youth positive development issues among researchers and practitioners around the world. In this special issue of Child Development, each of the international authors provides new perspectives and understanding about youth developmental assets in different cultural settings. The present commentary (a) examines some of the cross-cultural themes that emerge from the four articles by international authors in this issue with implications for positive youth development (PYD) and (b) how intervention science can benefit by incorporating a PYD approach...
June 15, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617937/resilience-in-context-a-brief-and-culturally-grounded-measure-for-syrian-refugee-and-jordanian-host-community-adolescents
#17
Catherine Panter-Brick, Kristin Hadfield, Rana Dajani, Mark Eggerman, Alastair Ager, Michael Ungar
Validated measures are needed for assessing resilience in conflict settings. An Arabic version of the Child and Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM) was developed and tested in Jordan. Following qualitative work, surveys were implemented with male/female, refugee/nonrefugee samples (N = 603, 11-18 years). Confirmatory factor analyses tested three-factor structures for 28- and 12-item CYRMs and measurement equivalence across groups. CYRM-12 showed measurement reliability and face, content, construct (comparative fit index = ...
June 15, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612930/peer-influence-via-instagram-effects-on-brain-and-behavior-in-adolescence-and-young-adulthood
#18
Lauren E Sherman, Patricia M Greenfield, Leanna M Hernandez, Mirella Dapretto
Mobile social media often feature the ability to "Like" content posted by others. This study examined the effect of Likes on youths' neural and behavioral responses to photographs. High school and college students (N = 61, ages 13-21) viewed theirs and others' Instagram photographs while undergoing functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). Participants more often Liked photographs that appeared to have received many (vs. few) Likes. Popular photographs elicited greater activity in multiple brain regions, including the nucleus accumbens (NAcc), a hub of the brain's reward circuitry...
June 14, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608949/commentary-studying-and-testing-the-positive-youth-development-model-a-tale-of-two-approaches
#19
Richard M Lerner
Interest in promoting positive development among children and adolescents has always been a focus of developmental science. Historically, many researchers framed this interest using a deficit model that sought to optimize positive development by reducing problems. In the context of the articles in this special section, the author discuss a different conception of positive youth development that has emerged across the past 25 years, one that capitalizes on human plasticity and tests a strength-based model (instead of a deficit one)...
June 13, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608919/classroom-and-school-predictors-of-civic-engagement-among-black-and-latino-middle-school-youth
#20
Robert J Jagers, Fantasy T Lozada, Deborah Rivas-Drake, Casta Guillaume
This study used short-term longitudinal data to examine the contributions of democratic teaching practices (e.g., the Developmental Designs approach) and equitable school climate to civic engagement attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors among 515 Black and Latino middle school students (47.9% male). Concurrent experiences of democratic homeroom and classroom practices, and equitable school climate were associated with higher scores on each civic engagement component. The relation between classroom practices and civic attitudes was more robust when school climate was seen as more equitable...
June 13, 2017: Child Development
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