Using a multicomponent, process-oriented approach, the links between social information processing during the preschool years and (a) sociodemographic risk and (b) behavior problems in preschool were examined in a community sample of 196 children. Findings provided support for our initial hypotheses that aspects of social information processing in preschool are related to both sociodemographic risk and behavior problems in preschool. Response evaluation and in particular the positive evaluation of an aggressive response were related to both sociodemographic risk and children's aggressive behavior and partially mediated the links between sociodemographic risk and aggressive behavior in preschool.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This study was supported by Grant RO3HD051599 from the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) to Yair Ziv. The authors extend thanks to all of the families and staff members who took part in this study. Special thanks go to Denise Pinkowitz for managing the data collection efforts and to Tiandong Li for helping with data analysis.
- Aggressive behavior
- Problem behavior
- Social cognition
- Social information processing
- Sociodemographic risk
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology