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Adolescent’s time use and skills development: do cognitive and non-cognitive skills differ?

Hoorani, Bareerah Hafeez, Krishnakumar, Jaya and Anand, Paul (2022) Adolescent’s time use and skills development: do cognitive and non-cognitive skills differ? PLOS ONE, 17 (7). ISSN 1932-6203

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This study looks at the association of adolescent’s time use on the acquisition of cognitive and non-cognitive (psychological and social) skills, thus contributing to the literature on parental investment and skills development. Specifically, using data relating to adolescent’s time spent on school, study, sleep, and play, we investigate how these relate to cognitive and non-cognitive skills of older Indian children. For cognitive skills we use Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT), which is a well-accepted measure of verbal intelligence. For noncognitive skills, we construct a self-esteem variable using pride and shame questions; and a resilience variable using questions pertaining to whether an adolescent can get external help for coping with problems. Our results suggest that time use in all four types of activity has a positive association in the development of cognitive skills but competing associations when it comes to non-cognitive skills. We conclude that parental inputs into skills development, such as guidance about adolescent’s time-use, are likely to have a differential association depending on the kind of skills being developed.

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Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2022 11:18
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2024 20:03

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