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Content or connectedness? Mother-child talk and early social understanding.
Child Dev. 2008 Jan-Feb; 79(1):201-16.CD

Abstract

Despite much research into individual differences in social understanding among preschoolers, little is known about corresponding individual differences within younger children. Likewise, although studies of preschoolers highlight the importance of mental-state references, other aspects of talk have received less attention. The current study involved 120 families with 2-year-olds; video-based transcripts of observations of family interaction were coded for quantity, connectedness, and content of mothers' and children's talk. At 2, 3, and 4 years of age, children completed social understanding and verbal ability tests. Mothers' connected turns and mental-state reference within connected turns showed independent associations with children's social understanding (as did children's mental-state references, both overall and within connected turns). Connected conversations provide a fertile context for children's developing social understanding.

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Centre for Family Research, Free School Lane, Cambridge, CB2 3RF, United Kingdom. rad35@cam.ac.ukNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18269518

Citation

Ensor, Rosie, and Claire Hughes. "Content or Connectedness? Mother-child Talk and Early Social Understanding." Child Development, vol. 79, no. 1, 2008, pp. 201-16.
Ensor R, Hughes C. Content or connectedness? Mother-child talk and early social understanding. Child Dev. 2008;79(1):201-16.
Ensor, R., & Hughes, C. (2008). Content or connectedness? Mother-child talk and early social understanding. Child Development, 79(1), 201-16. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2007.01120.x
Ensor R, Hughes C. Content or Connectedness? Mother-child Talk and Early Social Understanding. Child Dev. 2008 Jan-Feb;79(1):201-16. PubMed PMID: 18269518.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Content or connectedness? Mother-child talk and early social understanding. AU - Ensor,Rosie, AU - Hughes,Claire, PY - 2008/2/14/pubmed PY - 2008/5/17/medline PY - 2008/2/14/entrez SP - 201 EP - 16 JF - Child development JO - Child Dev VL - 79 IS - 1 N2 - Despite much research into individual differences in social understanding among preschoolers, little is known about corresponding individual differences within younger children. Likewise, although studies of preschoolers highlight the importance of mental-state references, other aspects of talk have received less attention. The current study involved 120 families with 2-year-olds; video-based transcripts of observations of family interaction were coded for quantity, connectedness, and content of mothers' and children's talk. At 2, 3, and 4 years of age, children completed social understanding and verbal ability tests. Mothers' connected turns and mental-state reference within connected turns showed independent associations with children's social understanding (as did children's mental-state references, both overall and within connected turns). Connected conversations provide a fertile context for children's developing social understanding. SN - 0009-3920 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18269518/Content_or_connectedness_Mother_child_talk_and_early_social_understanding_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2007.01120.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -