Title: Classroom problem behavior and teacher-child relationships in kindergarten: The moderating role of the classroom climate
Authors: Buyse, Evelien ×
Verschueren, Karine
Doumen, Sarah
Van Damme, Jan
Maes, Frederik #
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Series Title: Journal of School Psychology vol:46 issue:4 pages:367-391
Abstract: Young children with problem behavior in the classroom are at risk for developing more conflictual and less close relationships with their teachers. Two studies in kindergarten (N=3798; N=237) shed light on some aspects of classroom climate that can moderate this risk for relational problems. Results showed problematic classroom compositions, in terms of high average levels of internalizing or externalizing behavior, to exacerbate the risk for teachers to form more conflictual relationships with children showing externalizing behavior. Additionally, observed emotional support of teachers was found to be protective for the relational functioning of children at risk due to maladjusted behavior. Specifically, with emotionally supportive teachers, children who expose internalizing or externalizing behavior are no longer at risk for developing less close or more conflictual relationships with their teachers respectively. Practical implications and limitations of the studies are reported and suggestions are made for future research. (C) 2007 Society for the Study of School Psychology. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0022-4405
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:School Psychology and Development in Context
Education and Training
× corresponding author
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