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ERIC Number: EJ784712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 77
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Content or Connectedness? Mother-Child Talk and Early Social Understanding
Ensor, Rosie; Hughes, Claire
Child Development, v79 n1 p201-216 Jan-Feb 2008
Despite much research into individual differences in social understanding among preschoolers, little is known about corresponding individual differences within younger children. Likewise, although studies of preschoolers highlight the importance of mental-state references, other aspects of talk have received less attention. The current study involved 120 families with 2-year-olds; video-based transcripts of observations of family interaction were coded for quantity, connectedness, and content of mothers' and children's talk. At 2, 3, and 4 years of age, children completed social understanding and verbal ability tests. Mothers' connected turns and mental-state reference within connected turns showed independent associations with children's social understanding (as did children's mental-state references, both overall and within connected turns). Connected conversations provide a fertile context for children's developing social understanding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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