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Toddlers with Developmental Delays and Challenging Behaviors
Early Child Development and Care
  • Kathryn M Keller, Marquette University
  • Robert A. Fox, Marquette University
Document Type
Article
Language
eng
Format of Original
6 p.
Publication Date
1-1-2009
Publisher
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
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Abstract
Behavior problems and parental expectations and practices were studied in a sample of 58 toddlers with developmental disabilities who were consecutively referred to a mental health clinic. The majority of children (70.7%) exceeded the clinical cut-off score for significant behavior problems including tantrums, aggression, defiance, and hyperactivity, and 77.6% met the DSM-IV criteria for a psychiatric diagnosis with oppositional defiant disorder being the most common. Consistent with previous research, child behavior problems were related to parental use of verbal and corporal punishment and were detrimental to the quality of the parent-child relationship. A new finding was that parental expectations also were positively related to the emergence of early child behavior problems.
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Accepted version. Early Child Development and Care, Vol. 179, No. 1 (January 2009): 87-92. DOI. © Taylor & Francis 2009. Used with permission.

Citation Information
Kathryn M Keller and Robert A. Fox. "Toddlers with Developmental Delays and Challenging Behaviors" Early Child Development and Care (2009) ISSN: 0300-4430
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_fox/52/