The study interviewed the mothers of five-year-olds to measure the level of autonomy support and other parenting dimensions. Three years later, the study looked at the children's social adjustment and achievement in reading and math in grade three. "Maternal autonomy support measured in kindergarten was positively associated with social adjustment, academic adjustment, and reading achievement in third grade," the authors cite as their most important finding.
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Mireille Joussemet is an assistant professor in Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Montreal. She has extensively examined the role of parents and teachers in promoting children's internalization of values and guidelines. She has recently focused on the role of parents in teaching children to inhibit their aggression. Dr. Joussemet is available for questions and interviews.
Richard Koestner is a professor of psychology at McGill University. His graduate research focused on the motivational effects of rewards and praise. He has published over 80 scientific articles in the areas of human motivation and personality. Dr. Koestner is available for questions and interviews.