Rituals Improve Children's Ability to Delay Gratification. / Rybanska, Veronika; McKay, Ryan; Jong, Jonathan; Whitehouse, Harvey.

In: Child Development, Vol. 89, No. 2, 03.2018, p. 349–359.

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Rituals Improve Children's Ability to Delay Gratification. / Rybanska, Veronika; McKay, Ryan; Jong, Jonathan; Whitehouse, Harvey.

In: Child Development, Vol. 89, No. 2, 03.2018, p. 349–359.

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Rybanska, V, McKay, R, Jong, J & Whitehouse, H 2018, 'Rituals Improve Children's Ability to Delay Gratification', Child Development, vol. 89, no. 2, pp. 349–359. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12762

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Rybanska, V., McKay, R., Jong, J., & Whitehouse, H. (2018). Rituals Improve Children's Ability to Delay Gratification. Child Development, 89(2), 349–359. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12762

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Rybanska V, McKay R, Jong J, Whitehouse H. Rituals Improve Children's Ability to Delay Gratification. Child Development. 2018 Mar;89(2):349–359. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12762

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Rybanska, Veronika ; McKay, Ryan ; Jong, Jonathan ; Whitehouse, Harvey. / Rituals Improve Children's Ability to Delay Gratification. In: Child Development. 2018 ; Vol. 89, No. 2. pp. 349–359.

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