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Soo Hyun Rhee, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Campus Box 345, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0345. soo.rhee@colorado.edu.

We thank Corinne Wright, Sally-Ann Rhea, our research assistants, and our participants.

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This research was supported in part by grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the Fetzer Foundation; and NIH Grants DA013956, MH016880, HD010333, and HD050346.

Keywords:

  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology, Developmental
  • Psychology
  • empathy
  • hostility
  • intelligence
  • language skills
  • sex differences
  • CALLOUS-UNEMOTIONAL TRAITS
  • MATERNAL MIND-MINDEDNESS
  • ANTISOCIAL-BEHAVIOR
  • SEX-DIFFERENCES
  • FIT INDEXES
  • CHILDRENS
  • EMPATHY
  • TODDLERS
  • RESPONSES
  • MOTHERS

The Role of Language in Concern and Disregard for Others in the First Years of Life

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Journal Title:

Developmental Psychology

Volume:

Volume 49, Number 2

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, Pages 197-214

Type of Work:

Article | Post-print: After Peer Review

Abstract:

We examined the associations between language skills and concern and disregard for others in young children assessed longitudinally at ages 14, 20, 24, and 36 months, testing the hypothesis that language skills have a specific role (distinct from that of general cognitive ability) in the development of concern and disregard for others. We found that higher language skills predicted higher concern for others and lower disregard for others even after controlling for general cognitive ability, whereas the association between general cognitive ability and concern/disregard for others was not significant after controlling for language skills. Language skills at 14 months predicted concern for others at 36 months, and results suggested that the relations between language skills and concern and disregard for others begin early in development. Gender differences in concern and disregard for others were at least partially explained by differences in language skills. These results support the specific role of language skills in concern and disregard for others.

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