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ERIC Number: EJ903426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0885-2014
"Honey, You're Jumping about"--Mothers' Scaffolding of Their Children's and Adolescents' Life Narration
Habermas, Tilmann; Negele, Alexa; Mayer, Fernanda Brenneisen
Cognitive Development, v25 n4 p339-351 Oct-Dec 2010
Research on mother-child reminiscing as a socializing practice for autobiographical memory is extended from early childhood and the narrating of single events to adolescence and the narrating of an entire life story. To explore whether the development of the life story in adolescence depends on qualities of the narrator or on the brevity of the narrated life, and whether mothers adapt their scaffolding strategies in co-narrations of the child's life to the child's zone of proximal development, 16 mother-child pairs (child's ages 8, 12, 16, and 20 years) both co-narrated and individually narrated the child's life. As expected, only the coherence of the children's, but not the mothers', narratives varied with the child's age. Also, mothers supported temporal structuring more in younger children and arguments about personality and its development more in adolescents. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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