TitleAssociations Between Early Family Risk, Children’s Behavioral Regulation, and Academic Achievement in Portugal
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsCadima, J, Gamelas, AM, McClelland, MM, Peixoto, C
JournalEarly Education and Development
Pagination708 - 728
Date PublishedApr-07-2016

Research Findings:

This study examined concurrent associations between family sociodemographic risk, self-regulation, and early literacy and mathematics in young children from Azores, Portugal (N = 186). Family sociodemographic risk was indexed by low maternal education, low family income, and low occupational status. Behavioral aspects of self-regulation were assessed using a direct measure called the Head–Toes–Knees–Shoulders task. Results of structural equation modeling revealed that family sociodemographic risk had significant negative effects on behavioral regulation and academic achievement. Behavioral regulation was positively associated with academic achievement when we adjusted for the influence of family sociodemographic risk and child verbal IQ. Furthermore, behavioral regulation mediated the association between family sociodemographic risk and mathematics achievement.

Practice or Policy:

The results suggest the detrimental effect of family socioeconomic risk in Portugal and the potential importance of behavioral regulation for school success for Portuguese children.

Short TitleEarly Education and Development