The role of paternal mind-mindedness in preschoolers' self-regulated conduct

Christine Gagne, Annie Bernier, Catherine McMahon

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    This study examined the prospective links between paternal mind‐mindedness (MM) and 2 indices of preschoolers' self‐regulated conduct, namely, inhibitory control and rule‐compatible conduct. Ninety‐two families (47 boys) participated in 2 assessments. Paternal MM was assessed with a 10‐min father–child free‐play session when children were aged 18 months. Children's rule‐compatible conduct was reported by mothers when children reached 3 years of age, and inhibitory control was measured with a Snack Delay task, also administered at 3 years. The results suggested that after accounting for the contribution of child temperament (social fearfulness), paternal MM was positively related to children's inhibitory control. In contrast, the relation between paternal MM and mother‐reported rule‐compatible conduct was not significant. The results are interpreted in light of the mechanisms that may account for the links between paternal MM and preschoolers' emerging capacity to voluntarily control their behaviour.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere2081
    Pages (from-to)1-12
    Number of pages12
    JournalInfant and Child Development
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


    • inhibitory control
    • paternal mind‐mindedness
    • rule‐compatible conduct
    • self‐regulated conduct


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