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ERIC Number: EJ1025752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1522-7227
Associations of Mother-Child Reminiscing about Negative Past Events, Coping, and Self-Concept in Early Childhood
Goodvin, Rebecca; Romdall, Lisa
Infant and Child Development, v22 n4 p383-400 Jul-Aug 2013
Parent-child reminiscing conversations in early childhood have received theoretical attention as a forum for children's self-concept development, but this has been little addressed in empirical work. This study examines associations between emotion reminiscing and children's self-concepts and, building from the reminiscing and personality development literatures, also explores the role of children's coping. Sixty 4- and 5-year-old children and their mothers completed reminiscing conversations about events in which the child had experienced negative emotion, children completed an age-appropriate assessment of their self-concept, and mothers and teachers reported on children's coping strategies. Children's self-perceived timidity was associated with their explanations for negative emotions during reminiscing. Children's self-perceived negative affect was associated with fewer emotion resolutions during reminiscing, and with distinctive patterns of coping. Both reminiscing and coping made unique contributions to children's self-concepts, and findings also suggest that coping may in some contexts indirectly connect reminiscing with self-concept. These findings suggest that reminiscing conversations both reflect children's characteristics and provide a context for learning about their characteristics, along with strategies for emotion management.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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