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ERIC Number: EJ1046564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7227
Children with Imaginary Companions Focus on Mental Characteristics When Describing Their Real-life Friends
Davis, Paige E.; Meins, Elizabeth; Fernyhough, Charles
Infant and Child Development, v23 n6 p622-633 Nov-Dec 2014
Relations between having an imaginary companion (IC) and (i) descriptions of a real-life friend, (ii) theory of mind performance, and (iii) reported prosocial behaviour and behavioural difficulties were investigated in a sample of 5-year-olds (N?=?159). Children who had an IC were more likely than their peers without an IC to describe their best friends with reference to their mental characteristics, but IC status was unrelated to children's theory of mind performance and reported prosocial behaviour and behavioural difficulties. These findings are discussed in the context of the proposal that there is a competence-performance gap in children's mentalizing abilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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