Behavioral and relational correlates of low self-perceived competence in young children
It is developmentally normative for preschoolers (aged four to five years) to have self-perceptions that are typically positive and even over-inflated. However, because not all children have positive self-perceptions in early childhood it is important to understand factors that influence the development of self-perceptions, especially low self-perceptions, in early childhood. Therefore, this study examined the associations between self-perceptions and teacher ratings of social behaviors, subtypes of withdrawal, and peer ratings of acceptance/rejection in preschoolers. Participants included 199 children (107 males, 92 females) attending two early childhood programs in a midsized community in the western United States. The major findings were that children in early childhood who have lower self-perceptions of their abilities than their peers tended to engage in more reticence, solitary-passive withdrawal, and solitary-active behavior. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Early Childhood Research Quarterly
Nelson, L., Hart, C., Evans, C., Coplan, R., Roper, S., & Robinson, C. (2009). Behavioral and relational correlates of low self-perceived competence in young children. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 24 (3), 350-361. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2009.06.002