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ERIC Number: EJ763190
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Mind What Mother Says: Narrative Input and Theory of Mind in Typical Children and Those on the Autism Spectrum
Slaughter, Virginia; Peterson, Candida C.; Mackintosh, Emily
Child Development, v78 n3 p839-858 May-Jun 2007
In 2 studies mothers read wordless storybooks to their preschool-aged children; narratives were analyzed for mental state language. Children's theory-of-mind understanding (ToM) was concurrently assessed. In Study 1, children's (N=30; M age 3 years 9 months) ToM task performance was significantly correlated with mothers' explanatory, causal, and contrastive talk about cognition, but not with mothers' simple mentions of cognition. In Study 2, the same pattern was found in an older sample of typically developing children (N=24; M age 4 years 7 months), whereas for children on the autism spectrum (N=24; M age 6 years 7.5 months), ToM task performance was uniquely correlated with mothers' explanatory, causal, and contrastive talk about emotions. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Research Council.
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