Application of Watts's Human Interaction Scale to the study of competence-supporting aspects of day care environments

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Observed 12 2-yr-olds in 2 day-care centers with different adult-child ratios and resources. Ss were videotaped for 45 min in 7-25-min blocks during waking hours. Observations were categorized according to J. C. Watts's (1973) scale for each behavior setting in each center. Results indicate that Ss in the center with the 1:3 adult-child ratio received interaction experiences similar to those reported by Watts for comparably aged children who developed high levels of competence, while Ss in the other center (a 1:6 ratio) received interaction experiences comparable to those reported by Watts for children who developed lower levels of competence. (French summary) (3 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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