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Original article | Journal of Innovative Research in Teacher Education 2023, Vol. 4(3) 393-409

The mediating role of social skills in the relationship between preschool children's academic self-esteem and problem behaviours

Melda Kılıç, Cansu Tutkun & Fatma Tezel Şahin

pp. 393 - 409   |  DOI: https://doi.org/10.29329/jirte.2023.616.3   |  Manu. Number: MANU-2307-12-0002.R1

Published online: December 26, 2023  |   Number of Views: 17  |  Number of Download: 93


This study evaluated the role of social skills as a mediator in the relationship between problem behaviours and academic self-esteem in preschoolers. The study included 189 randomly selected 5-year-old children attending preschool education in Turkey. As a result of the study, negative relationships were found between preschoolers' academic self-esteem, problem behaviours and social skills. As children's academic self-esteem and social skills increased, their problem behaviours decreased. Positive relationships were also found between children's social skills and academic self-esteem. Academic self-esteem was a major predictor of problem behaviours and social skills, and as academic self-esteem increased, so did children's social skills. In addition, social skills were shown to mediate the relationship between children's internalizing behaviour problems and academic self-esteem, however, these effects did not differ according to the presence or absence of externalizing behaviour problems. These findings show that internalising behaviour problems influence academic self-esteem in children in part via social skills. 

Keywords: Academic Self-Esteem, Social Skills, Preschool Children, Preschool Education

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APA 6th edition
Kilic, M., Tutkun, C. & Sahin, F.T. (2023). The mediating role of social skills in the relationship between preschool children's academic self-esteem and problem behaviours . Journal of Innovative Research in Teacher Education, 4(3), 393-409. doi: 10.29329/jirte.2023.616.3

Kilic, M., Tutkun, C. and Sahin, F. (2023). The mediating role of social skills in the relationship between preschool children's academic self-esteem and problem behaviours . Journal of Innovative Research in Teacher Education, 4(3), pp. 393-409.

Chicago 16th edition
Kilic, Melda, Cansu Tutkun and Fatma Tezel Sahin (2023). "The mediating role of social skills in the relationship between preschool children's academic self-esteem and problem behaviours ". Journal of Innovative Research in Teacher Education 4 (3):393-409. doi:10.29329/jirte.2023.616.3.


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