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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Watson, Jenna Rae
Author's Email Address jwats28@lsu.edu
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
  • peabody vocabulary test
  • self
  • internal working model
  • attachment
  • self
  • pictorial scale of perceived competence
Date of Defense 2008-07-01
Availability unrestricted
The 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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