ERIC Number: ED343697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Intergenerational Transmission of the Family System: Children's Representations of the Family in Doll Play.
George, Carol; Solomon, Judith
A total of 14 kindergarten children participated in a story completion task in which they used doll play to enact a series of stories about family events. The children's mothers completed the Adult Attachment Interview, which measures adults' perceptions of their childhood family relationships. Doll play and interviews were rated for rejection and supportive partnership. The analysis first focused on intergenerational continuity. No correlation was found between children's representations of family interaction in doll play and their mothers' memories of family interaction. However, when mothers were divided into groups of those who had and had not received therapy, correlations were found for mothers in the nontherapy group and their children. The second analysis considered differentiation of relationships. Results indicated that children and mothers failed to differentiate between the quality of parent-child and spousal relationships. Results also indicated that, in general, children of mothers who had received therapy displayed in their doll play relationships more supportive relationships than those their mothers reported having in their childhoods. This was true for parent-child and spousal relationships, and for children who were classified as secure, avoidant, and ambivalent in attachment. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mills Coll., Oakland, CA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Doll Play Technique; Intergenerational Transmission
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).