Child positive affect and task orientation in response to a series of cognitively demanding puzzle tasks were assessed at two time points separated by a 12-month interval in children with mild mental retardation and MA-and CA-matched controls (age range 1 to 5 years). At the first assessment, children with mild mental retardation exhibited mastery behavior appropriate for MA but not CA. At the second assessment, the goal-directed behavior of children with mild mental retardation was no different from that of both the MA and CA controls. Correlates of motivation were similar for children with mild mental retardation and typically developing children. Implications for the developmental study of children with mild mental retardation are discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||American Journal on Mental Retardation|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2001|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Health Professions(all)