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Patterns of Compliance from Eighteen to Thirty Months of Age

Karen Schneider-Rosen and Melodie Wenz-Gross
Child Development
Vol. 61, No. 1 (Feb., 1990), pp. 104-112
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1131051
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1131051
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Abstract

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.

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