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Negative emotionality, self-regulation behaviors, and the teacher-child relationship in preschool classrooms




Jackson, Hayley, author
Barrett, Karen, advisor
Morgan, George, committee member
Youngblade, Lise, committee member

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This study examines the relationship between levels of negative emotionality, quality of the teacher-child relationship, and self-regulation behaviors in preschool children ages 2.5-5 years (N= 67). It was expected that children with high levels of negative emotionality who experienced a close teacher-child relationship would have higher levels of self-regulation as compared to children with high negative emotionality who had a teacher-child relationship marked with distance or conflict. Negative emotionality and parentally reported self-regulation were assessed using the Child Behavior Questionnaire, teacher-child relationship was measured using the Student-Teacher Relationship Scale, and self-regulation behavior was observed using the Preschool Self -Regulation Assessment. Results were not supportive of the predicted relations among negative affect, student-teacher relationship, and self-regulation. Implications are discussed.


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