Maternal limit-setting patterns and toddler development of self-concept and social competence

Gail Houck, Elizabeth A. LeCuyer-Maus

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In 126 mother-toddler dyads, the relationships between maternal limit-setting patterns at 12, 24, and 36 months were examined in relation to toddler self-concept and social competence at 3 years. Maternal limit-setting patterns differentiated toddler self-concept and social competence scores, demonstrating effects of socialization as well as cognitive maturation. Less optimal toddler outcomes at 36 months were associated with an inconsistent maternal limit-setting style and an indirect style. Children of mothers with a teaching-based pattern yielded the most positive outcomes. Although a power-based maternal limit-setting style was related to diminished self-regulatory behavior in a concurrent limit-setting context, outcomes for children of power-based mothers in terms of self-concept and social competence were not as negative as expected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-41
Number of pages21
JournalIssues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing
Volume25
Issue number1
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StatePublished - Jan 2002

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Maternal limit-setting patterns and toddler development of self-concept and social competence. / Houck, Gail; LeCuyer-Maus, Elizabeth A.

In: Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, Vol. 25, No. 1, 01.2002, p. 21-41.

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