Home / Projects / Key Findings / Preschoolers' task persistence profiles relate to later teacher-rated attention problems

Preschoolers' task persistence profiles relate to later teacher-rated attention problems

More preschoolers engage in high task persistence with mothers than with fathers. Group-based trajectory modeling revealed that preschoolers whose task persistence with mothers starts low, and either increases or stays stable over the course of a challenging task, have the highest teacher-rated attention problems in kindergarten. Task persistence profiles with fathers, alternatively, do not appear to relate to later attention problems (Lunkenheimer, Panlilio, Lobo, Olson, & Hamby, 2019).