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Are adult mentalizing abilities associated with mind-mindedness?

Barreto, AL; Fearon, RMP; Osorio, A; Meins, E; Martins, C; (2015) Are adult mentalizing abilities associated with mind-mindedness? International Journal of Behavioral Development , 40 (4) pp. 296-301. 10.1177/0165025415616200. Green open access

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Abstract

The precise nature of the relation between adult mentalizing abilities and parental representations of the child as a mental agent (mind-mindedness) is under current debate. While some authors state that it is the same competence expressed in different contexts, others assert that they are different constructs. This study examined the relation between mentalizing and mind-mindedness, in mothers and fathers, while investigating their potential links to socio-demographic, parental, and child variables. Participants were 74 families comprising of mother, father, and their preschool-aged child. Controlling for educational level, psychopathological symptoms, and children’s reported temperament, the relation between mentalizing and mind-mindedness was non-significant. Moreover, mentalizing and mind-mindedness were shown to have distinct correlates, supporting the proposal that they are two distinct constructs.

Type: Article
Title: Are adult mentalizing abilities associated with mind-mindedness?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0165025415616200
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0165025415616200
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2015.
Keywords: Adulthood, mind-mindedness, theory of mind
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1489635
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