Bidirectional relations between self-control and cooperation among Japanese preschoolers: A random-intercept cross-lagged panel analysis

Yantong Zhu, Zhu Zhu, Dandan Jiao, Xiang Li, Emiko Tanaka, Etsuko Tomisaki, Taeko Watanabe, Yuko Sawada, Munenori Matsumoto, Mingyu Cui, Yang Liu, Tokie Anme

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Abstract

Self-control and cooperation are interrelated among preschoolers, and research on the effect of age at entry into childcare on both variables remains controversial. Using a random intercept cross-lagged panel model, this study examined the bidirectional relationships between self-control and cooperation and the effect of age at entry into childcare using three waves of data (2018, 2019, and 2020) from 316 Japanese preschoolers (age three in 2018; 58.9% boys). The positive association between the two constructs occurred at the between- and within-person levels. No significant differences were found in the age of entry into childcare. The findings reveal a developmental link between self-control and cooperation, the implications of which are further discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-147
Number of pages9
JournalEarly Childhood Research Quarterly
Volume64
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jul 1

Keywords

  • Childcare
  • Cooperation
  • Preschoolers
  • Random intercept cross-lagged panel model
  • Self-control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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