The Association between Parental Scaffolding and Children's Executive Function

  • Author / Creator
    Hui, Dorothea
  • The present study investigated the association between parental scaffolding during a shared puzzle task and young children’s executive function (EF). Fifty-six children between the ages of 2 and 4 years were assessed on 3 different EF tasks, and completed a shared puzzle task with their primary caregivers. Higher rates of appropriate scaffolding were found to be positively correlated with child EF performance. In addition, regression analyses found scaffolding to be a significant predictor of child EF even after controlling for child age and verbal ability. These findings add to previous studies on parenting practices and early EF in suggesting that parental scaffolding may play an important role in young children’s developing EF skills.

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    Fall 2017
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    Master of Arts
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    University of Alberta
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Pei, Jacqueline (Educational Psychology)
    • Singhal, Anthony (Psychology)
    • Nicoladis, Elena (Psychology)