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ERIC Number: EJ942073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0961-205X
Theory of Mind, Self-Worth and the Mother-Child Relationship
Cahill, Katherine R.; Deater-Deckard, Kirby; Pike, Alison; Hughes, Claire
Social Development, v16 n1 p45-56 Feb 2007
We tested the hypothesis that mother-child warmth and responsiveness would moderate the link between young children's theory of mind skills and self-worth. Participants included 125 same-sex pairs of 3.5 year-old twins and their mothers. A battery of tests was individually administered to measure the children's theory of mind skills and verbal intelligence, and their self-reported self-worth was assessed using a puppet interview. Following visits to the families' homes, the observers completed ratings of warm responsive mother-child behavior based on videotaped unstructured and structured observations. As expected, warm responsive behavior moderated the relation between their theory of mind and the child's self-worth. Their theory of mind was positively associated with self-worth in warm responsive mother-child dyads, and there was weaker evidence that their theory of mind may be negatively associated with self-worth in less warm, unresponsive mother-child dyads.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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