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ERIC Number: EJ782257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 84
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Family Narratives, Self, and Gender in Early Adolescence
Bohanek, Jennifer G.; Marin, Kelly A.; Fivush, Robyn
Journal of Early Adolescence, v28 n1 p153-176 2008
Past research has suggested that family reminiscing may be a particularly important avenue for the development of children's well-being. In this study, the authors examined the ways in which mothers and fathers scaffold conversations about past emotional events with their preadolescent children. Narratives of positive and negative shared family events were coded for parental expression and explanation of emotion, and these variables were related to measures of children's developing self-esteem and emotional and behavioral adjustment 2 years later. Overall, mothers express and explain more emotion than do fathers, and maternal expression and explanation of emotion within family narratives is generally related to positive self-esteem and adjustment in sons and daughters. However, paternal expression and explanation of emotion within family narratives generally appears to be related to poorer self-esteem and adjustment for sons and daughters. Implications for adolescent development, parental scaffolding of emotion, and gender roles within the family are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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