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ERIC Number: EJ814137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0961-205X
Family Talk about Internal States and Children's Relative Appraisals of Self and Sibling
Recchia, Holly E.; Howe, Nina
Social Development, v17 n4 p776-794 Nov 2008
This study investigated associations between preschoolers' conversations about internal states and their spontaneous appraisals of self and sibling. Thirty-two preschoolers (M age = 3.9 years) were observed during naturalistic home interactions with mothers and younger siblings. Various features of mothers' and children's internal state language were coded. Children who talked about internal states to the baby and who talked more about the baby's perspective tended to appraise their sibling negatively relative to self. In contrast, mothers' references to internal states, as well as their promotion and encouragement of the child's own internal state talk, were negatively related to the differences between children's negative appraisals of self and sibling. These results support the social-constructivist notion that the quality of children's interactions with family members is related to how they construe themselves in comparison to their siblings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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