This research was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (RO1 HD37429). Support from Grant P30 HD02274 also facilitated our work. The authors wish to thank the many coders and other staff who participated in this project. Thanks are also due to the families for helping us to better understand factors influencing the peer relationships of young children with developmental delays.
Linkages Between Delayed Children's Social Interactions With Mothers and Peers
Article first published online: 23 MAR 2007
Volume 78, Issue 2, pages 459–473, March/April 2007
How to Cite
Guralnick, M. J., Neville, B., Hammond, M. A. and Connor, R. T. (2007), Linkages Between Delayed Children's Social Interactions With Mothers and Peers. Child Development, 78: 459–473. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2007.01009.x
- Issue published online: 23 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 23 MAR 2007
The social dimensions of family–peer linkages of 4- to 6-year-old children (N=63) with developmental delays (IQ range, 50–80) were examined in this study. Hierarchical regressions revealed consistent and meaningful patterns of association relating children's influence attempts directed toward their mothers and their interactions with peers. A similar association with peer interactions was found for children's ability to obtain compliance from their mothers. Evidence suggested the existence of a core behavioral pattern that children exhibit with different partners and in different contexts. The role of horizontal forms of parent–child interactions in promoting the peer relationships of children with delays was suggested, particularly in terms of an intervention approach for this group of children.