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ERIC Number: EJ949676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Talking about Illness: Mothers' and Toddlers' Conversations during a Joint Book-Reading Task
White, Carmel Parker; Bellamy, Roberta Woodlief; Powell, Monica Creech; Wittenauer, Ashley Rae
Early Child Development and Care, v181 n10 p1409-1419 2011
This study examined the language used by mothers to talk about acute and chronic illness while engaged in a joint book-reading of a story where the main character had a cold. Thirty-four toddlers and their mothers participated in the study. Some of the mothers had a chronic illness, and some of the families or the children had had an acute illness in the past week. Chronically ill mothers used more sick-type words and phrases, possibly reflecting a desire to have their children understand more about living with a chronic illness. When there had been a sickness either in the family or in the child in the past week, mothers used more health-type words and phrases. When children had been sick, mothers were more likely to refer to their illnesses, suggesting that mothers used both experience and social interaction to teach about abstract concepts, such as sickness. (Contains 1 note and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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