The relation between positive family relationships and children’s transition into kindergarten was investigated in this study. Data were collected from 1,364 children and their families in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD). Analysis of these data found that lower rates of internalizing behaviors in kindergarten correlated to higher rates of maternal stimulation (r = -.128, p < .01) and maternal sensitivity (r = -.100, p < .01). Lower rates of externalizing behaviors in kindergarten were correlated to higher rates of maternal and paternal stimulation (r = -.151, p < .01; r = -.104, p < .01), sensitivity (r = -.213, p < .01; r = -.155, p < .01), and total positive relationship with both parents (r = -.158, p < .01; r = -.155, p < .01). The strongest correlation was found between maternal sensitivity and externalizing behaviors in kindergarten (r = -.213, p < .01).
McArthur, Catherine, "Family Relationships Effect on Transition to Kindergarten" (2014). College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs Presentations. 26.