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The Role of Language Development in the Relation from Home Environment to Peer Competence of Young Children
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The Role of Language Development in the Relation from Home Environment to Peer Competence of Young Children
Chang, Young Eun; Sung, Mi Young;
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of the home environment of young children on their language and the quality of peer competence. The current study hypothesized that when the home environment of young children is desirable, the young children would be more likely to develop better language skills, which in turn, predict greater peer competence and lower levels of aggression and withdrawal in the interaction with peers at child care settings. The study used data of 1,802 families who have been participating in the Korean Child Panel Study since 2008. The results revealed that there was a significant relation from both positive home environment and better language skills to more positive play interaction and reduced play disruption and play disconnection. Home environment significantly predicted better expressive language development of young children and, in turn, higher scores on expressive vocabulary tests predicted greater peer competence and less negative play behaviors rated by child care providers. Statistical tests proved that the mediational effects of language skills between home environment and toddler`s peer relationships were statistically significant. The study results emphasized the importance of language development in children`s expanding social settings and the supporting role of rich and stimulus home environments in children`s development.
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