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Child Compliance and Maternal Control Techniques The Impact of Maternal Control Techniques on Childrens Participation in tasks One of the most important questions facing parents is what level of control promotes the greatest development of self-regulation in children Kopp 1987 defined self-regulation as an abstraction that subsumes behaviors as diverse as compliance delay of gratification control of impulses and affect modulation of motor and linguistic activities and ability to act in accordance with social norms in the absence of social monitors It is quite clear to understand that a self-regulated child is well adjusted in all areas from the classroom to the recess yard This theory leaves mothers to question what level of control is appropriate in rearing a well-adjusted child Research on the topic of maternal control and self-regulation in children is plentiful During the course of research for my own study I found three studies in which I choose to base my study on that are clearly related and supported by the same theoretical ideas Hudson Blane 1985 studied mother and child communication in reference to compliance issues They videotaped interactions between eight mothers and their noncompliance children ages 3-7 years and eight mothers and their compliant children ages 4-6 years to access five non verbal components of instruction giving including distance of the mother from the child degree of eye contact between mother and child mothers tone of voice and the mothers orientation to any object involved in the instruction Overall results indicate a relationship between nonverbal components of a mothers instruction and compliance to that instruction by the child Noncompliant childrens NCC mothers issued about twice as many commands as did mothers of compliant children CC However the compliance rate of the NCCs was only about half that of the CCs NCC mothers gave their instructions at a greater distance from the child engaged in less eye contact and used a less pleasant tone of voice Successful instructions were given
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