Qualitative differences in two-year-olds’ attention seeking: the link between eagerness to learn and committed compliance
Référence bibliographique 
Gosselin, Marie-Pierre M. 2007. «Qualitative differences in two-year-olds’ attention seeking: the link between eagerness to learn and committed compliance». Mémoire de maîtrise, Montréal, Université Concordia, Département de psychologie.
Intentions : « The overall aim of this study was to extend the work on child and relationship factors contributing to children’s eagerness to comply and learn from their parents. » (p. 14)
Échantillon/Matériau : L’échantillon comprend 102 dyades parent-enfant de la région montréalaise. Les interactions entre chaque parent et son enfant ont été filmées en laboratoire, puis codées.
Instruments : - Coding System: Attention-Seeking Behavioral Codes - Coding System for the Quality of Attention Seeking - Coding System for Imitation - Compliance Coding Scheme
Type de traitement des données : Analyse statistique
« Toddlers’ eagerness to collaborate with parents across both discipline and teaching contexts has important implications for socialization. However, little is known about what leads to individual differences in children’s readiness to be socialized. One possibility lies in children’s positive expectations of parent responsiveness. The current study attempted to measure these child expectations through observations of the quantity and quality of attention seeking during parent unavailability. Two-year-olds and their parents (N= 102) participated in an imitation task and in two compliance tasks. Overall, results showed a consistent interaction between the quality and the quantity of attention seeking, with quality being particularly important at high levels of attention seeking. Although children’s social expectations did not mediate the link between toddlers’ eagerness to learn and committed compliance, there was a strong positive correlation between eagerness to learn and children’s positive and confident attention seeking. Implications are discussed in terms of the role of the quality of attention seeking in toddler’s readiness to be socialized. » (p. iii)