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Maternal Support Networks, Maternal Cognitions, and Young Children's Social and Cognitive Development

Gail F. Melson, Gary W. Ladd and Hui-Chin Hsu
Child Development
Vol. 64, No. 5 (Oct., 1993), pp. 1401-1417
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1131542
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1131542
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

The relations among maternal support networks, maternal perceptions of parenting, maternal attributions for parenting situations, and children's social development, as indexed by peer acceptance, and cognitive performance, as indexed by the PPVT-R and PSI, were examined in a sample of 69 mothers and their preschool-age children. Network characteristics directly predicted cognitive performance and indirectly predicted peer acceptance through effects on maternal perceptions and attributions. Parent cognitions as mediators of network effects on children's development are discussed, addressing variation due to network dimensions, types of parent cognitions, and domain of children's development.

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