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Personalization in Mother-Child Emotion Talk Across Three Contexts

Kucirkova, N; Tompkins, V; (2014) Personalization in Mother-Child Emotion Talk Across Three Contexts. Infant and Child Development , 23 (2) pp. 153-169. 10.1002/icd.1814. Green open access

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Abstract

An unexplored aspect of contextual variation in emotion talk is the extent to which the emotions mothers and children discuss relate to the child, mother, or another self. To establish the extent to which mothers and children personalize the emotions they discuss, we examined the emotion talk of 40 American mother-child dyads in three conversational contexts: reminiscing, book reading, and play. We found that both mothers and children talked about emotions directly relevant to the child mostly in the reminiscing context and about emotions relating to another self mostly in the book context. Interestingly, the discussion of personalized emotions did not significantly differ between the book and play contexts, but did for the independent emotions. The discussion of mothers' own emotions occurred with almost the same frequency in all three contexts. In addition, within-context analyses revealed that while mothers discussed the child's and their own emotions in the book and play contexts at about the same rate, children focused on their own emotions significantly more than on mothers' emotions in all three contexts. We contextualize the significance of the results in light of intervention programmes and future research. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Type: Article
Title: Personalization in Mother-Child Emotion Talk Across Three Contexts
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/icd.1814
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/icd.1814
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Kucirkova, N; Tompkins, V; (2014) Personalization in Mother-Child Emotion Talk Across Three Contexts. Infant and Child Development , 23 (2) pp. 153-169, which has been published in final form at 10.1002/icd.1814. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Emotion talk; personalization; reminiscing; book reading; play; mother–child conversations
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1536710
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