Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Watson, Jenna Rae Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-10232008-132829 Title The Relationship between Early Cumulative Caregiver Sensitivity and Children's Later Self-Perception of Cognitive Competence and Cognitive Performance Degree Master of Science (M.S.) Department Human Ecology Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Sarah Pierce Committee Chair Cynthia DiCarlo Committee Member Jennifer Baumgartner Committee Member Keywords
- peabody vocabulary test
- internal working model
- pictorial scale of perceived competence
Date of Defense 2008-07-01 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between children’s experiences of
caregiver sensitivity during the first three years of their life and their later self-perceptions of
cognitive competence and cognitive performance. Caregiver sensitivity was measured using data
that had been collected with the Caregiver Interaction Scale (CIS, Arnett, 1989) during an earlier
longitudinal study, the Baton Rouge Early Care Study (BRECES; Pierce & Benedict, 2007).
Measures of cognitive competence were derived using the Pictorial Scale of Perceived
Competence and Social Acceptance for Young Children (Harter & Pike, 1984) and measures of
cognitive performance were derived using the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (Dunn & Dunn,
1997). Data were collected from 26 children for whom the researchers had measures of
caregiver sensitivity for a minimum of 18 months. Bivariate correlations and t-tests were used to
examine the relationship between children’s cumulative level of sensitivity experienced during
the first 36 months of child care and the predicted outcomes. No statistically significant
relationships were found.
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