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Patterns of Compliance from Eighteen to Thirty Months of Age
Karen Schneider-Rosen and Melodie Wenz-Gross
Vol. 61, No. 1 (Feb., 1990), pp. 104-112
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1131051
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31 children at 18 months, 32 children at 24 months, and 36 children at 30 months of age were observed in 2 separate 2-hour laboratory sessions with their mother and father to study behavioral responses to demands for compliance. Patterns of compliance to parental commands and requests were examined in 5 laboratory situations. The data revealed no differences in compliance depending upon which parent was present or across the 2-week time interval between the 2 visits, although there was considerable variability in behavior across the 5 situations. Developmental analyses revealed few linear progressions with age, with 24 months signaling an important transition characterized by behavioral reorganization. Taken together, the results encourage reexamining traditional assumptions regarding the development of compliance since it may be most adaptive for children to be responsive to environmental demands and interpersonal constraints.
Child Development © 1990 Society for Research in Child Development