The role of mindful parenting in individual and social decision-making in children

Kristyn Wong, Laurel M. Hicks, Terri G. Seuntjens, Christopher J. Trentacosta, Tessel H.G. Hendriksen, Marcel Zeelenberg, Marion I. van den Heuvel

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Abstract

Children are confronted with an increasing amount of choices every day, which can be stressful. Decision-making skills may be one of the most important "21st century skills" that children need to master to ensure success. Many aspects of decision-making, such as emotion regulation during stressful situations, develop in the context of caregiver-child interactions. This study examined whether mindful parenting predicts children's individual and social decision-making. The current study included 63 mother-child dyads from The Netherlands (Child M age = 5.11, SD = 0.88, 50.8% girls). Mothers completed the Dutch version of the Interpersonal Mindfulness in Parenting Scale (IM-P). A "Choice Task" was developed to measure individual decision-making skills, and a "Sharing Task" was created to measure social decision-making in young children. Higher maternal mindful parenting significantly predicted more sharing after controlling for covariates (child age, sex, SES, maternal education level; Wald = 4.505, p = 0.034). No main effect of maternal mindful parenting was found for any of the individual decision-making measures. These findings suggest that mindful parenting supports children's social decision-making. Future research should investigate if the combination of mindful parenting and children's early decision-making skills predict key developmental outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number550
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume10
Issue numberMARCH
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2019

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Keywords

  • Children
  • Choice-related stress
  • Decision-making
  • Mindful parenting
  • Sharing

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Wong, K., Hicks, L. M., Seuntjens, T. G., Trentacosta, C. J., Hendriksen, T. H. G., Zeelenberg, M., & van den Heuvel, M. I. (2019). The role of mindful parenting in individual and social decision-making in children. Frontiers in Psychology, 10(MARCH), 1-10. [550]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00550
Wong, Kristyn ; Hicks, Laurel M. ; Seuntjens, Terri G. ; Trentacosta, Christopher J. ; Hendriksen, Tessel H.G. ; Zeelenberg, Marcel ; van den Heuvel, Marion I. / The role of mindful parenting in individual and social decision-making in children. In: Frontiers in Psychology. 2019 ; Vol. 10, No. MARCH. pp. 1-10.
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The role of mindful parenting in individual and social decision-making in children. / Wong, Kristyn; Hicks, Laurel M.; Seuntjens, Terri G.; Trentacosta, Christopher J.; Hendriksen, Tessel H.G.; Zeelenberg, Marcel; van den Heuvel, Marion I.

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Wong K, Hicks LM, Seuntjens TG, Trentacosta CJ, Hendriksen THG, Zeelenberg M et al. The role of mindful parenting in individual and social decision-making in children. Frontiers in Psychology. 2019 Mar 20;10(MARCH):1-10. 550. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00550