Object mastery motivation of children with Down syndrome

E. M. Ruskin, P. Mundy, C. Kasari, M. Sigman

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Mastery motivation of children with Down syndrome and MA-matched typically developing children was examined. The two groups performed similarly with respect to the quality of their play but differed in level of task engagement and causality pleasure. The children with Down syndrome appeared to be less engaged in the task than were the typically developing group as indicated by shorter sequences of goal-directed behavior and higher rates of toy rejection. In addition, the children with Down syndrome displayed less causality pleasure with object exploration than did the typically developing children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)499-509
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal on Mental Retardation
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Education
  • Health Professions(all)


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