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Análise Psicológica

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PINTO, Ana Isabel et al. Relações entre idade desenvolvimental, dimensões do comportamento adaptativo e envolvimento observado. Aná. Psicológica [online]. 2006, vol.24, n.4, pp.447-466. ISSN 0870-8231.

This study examined the relations between developmental age, dimensions of adaptive behavior and observed engagement. One hundred and twenty children (ages 19 to 49 months) attending 15-day care centers from the metropolitan area of Porto, Portugal, participated in the study. All children were individually observed in their classrooms to determine the percentage of time they spent in different levels and types of engagement and their development was assessed through a standardized measure. Mothers completed a rating scale to assess children’s dimensions of adaptive behavior. Results indicated that children spent most of their time engaged at the differentiated and focused attention levels and social engagement was more frequent than engagement with objects. All development and adaptive behavior measures, with the exception of developmental quotient, were positively associated with sophisticated engagement levels and negatively associated with nonengagement. Those development and adaptive behavior measures were also positively associated with engagement with peers and negatively related with engagement with adults. Implications for intervention and research in early education are discussed.

Keywords : Development; adptative behavior; engagement.

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