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The roles of maternal mind-mindedness and infant security of attachment in predicting preschoolers' understanding of visual perspective taking and false belief.
J Exp Child Psychol. 2014 Sep; 125:48-62.JE

Abstract

This study is a follow-up to a previous study that examined two aspects of mother-child relationships-mothers' mind-mindedness and infant attachment security-in relation to toddlers' early manifestations of theory of mind understanding at 2 years of age. The current study aimed to assess the same two aspects of mother-child relationships in relation to children's (N=59) theory of mind performance at 4 years of age. Results of the current study confirmed and expanded on relations observed at 2 years. Mothers' use of appropriate mind-related comments specifically during toy-based free play at 12 months of age predicted preschoolers' understanding of false belief and Level 2 visual perspective taking over and above earlier perspective-taking abilities. Furthermore, more securely attached boys, but not girls, performed better on a task requiring Level 2 visual perspective taking. The similarity of results across the two time points suggests the reliability of associations among mothers' use of mind-related comments during toy-based play, boys' attachment security, and children's subsequent social understanding. The current results also suggest that maternal mind-mindedness may be most relevant to children's social cognition when assessed in toy-based play contexts.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7, Canada.Department of Psychology, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7, Canada. Electronic address: annie.bernier@umontral.ca.Department of Psychology, University of York, York YO10 5DD, UK.Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24814206

Citation

Laranjo, Jessica, et al. "The Roles of Maternal Mind-mindedness and Infant Security of Attachment in Predicting Preschoolers' Understanding of Visual Perspective Taking and False Belief." Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 125, 2014, pp. 48-62.
Laranjo J, Bernier A, Meins E, et al. The roles of maternal mind-mindedness and infant security of attachment in predicting preschoolers' understanding of visual perspective taking and false belief. J Exp Child Psychol. 2014;125:48-62.
Laranjo, J., Bernier, A., Meins, E., & Carlson, S. M. (2014). The roles of maternal mind-mindedness and infant security of attachment in predicting preschoolers' understanding of visual perspective taking and false belief. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 125, 48-62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2014.02.005
Laranjo J, et al. The Roles of Maternal Mind-mindedness and Infant Security of Attachment in Predicting Preschoolers' Understanding of Visual Perspective Taking and False Belief. J Exp Child Psychol. 2014;125:48-62. PubMed PMID: 24814206.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The roles of maternal mind-mindedness and infant security of attachment in predicting preschoolers' understanding of visual perspective taking and false belief. AU - Laranjo,Jessica, AU - Bernier,Annie, AU - Meins,Elizabeth, AU - Carlson,Stephanie M, Y1 - 2014/05/09/ PY - 2012/10/11/received PY - 2014/02/19/revised PY - 2014/02/19/accepted PY - 2014/5/13/entrez PY - 2014/5/13/pubmed PY - 2015/1/27/medline KW - Attachment KW - False belief KW - Mind-mindedness KW - Mother-child interaction KW - Theory of mind KW - Visual perspective taking SP - 48 EP - 62 JF - Journal of experimental child psychology JO - J Exp Child Psychol VL - 125 N2 - This study is a follow-up to a previous study that examined two aspects of mother-child relationships-mothers' mind-mindedness and infant attachment security-in relation to toddlers' early manifestations of theory of mind understanding at 2 years of age. The current study aimed to assess the same two aspects of mother-child relationships in relation to children's (N=59) theory of mind performance at 4 years of age. Results of the current study confirmed and expanded on relations observed at 2 years. Mothers' use of appropriate mind-related comments specifically during toy-based free play at 12 months of age predicted preschoolers' understanding of false belief and Level 2 visual perspective taking over and above earlier perspective-taking abilities. Furthermore, more securely attached boys, but not girls, performed better on a task requiring Level 2 visual perspective taking. The similarity of results across the two time points suggests the reliability of associations among mothers' use of mind-related comments during toy-based play, boys' attachment security, and children's subsequent social understanding. The current results also suggest that maternal mind-mindedness may be most relevant to children's social cognition when assessed in toy-based play contexts. SN - 1096-0457 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24814206/The_roles_of_maternal_mind_mindedness_and_infant_security_of_attachment_in_predicting_preschoolers'_understanding_of_visual_perspective_taking_and_false_belief_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0022-0965(14)00041-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -