Maternal reminiscing style during early childhood predicts the age of adolescents' earliest memories

Jack, Fiona, MacDonald, Shelley, Reese, Elaine, & Hayne, Harlene (2009) Maternal reminiscing style during early childhood predicts the age of adolescents' earliest memories. Child Development, 80(2), pp. 496-505.

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Individual differences in parental reminiscing style are hypothesized to have long-lasting effects on children’s autobiographical memory development, including the age of their earliest memories. This study represents the first prospective test of this hypothesis. Conversations about past events between 17 mother–child dyads were recorded on multiple occasions between the children’s 2nd and 4th birthdays. When these children were aged 12–13 years, they were interviewed about their early memories. Adolescents whose mothers used a greater ratio of elaborations to repetitions during the early childhood conversations had earlier memories than adolescents whose mothers used a smaller ratio of elaborations to repetitions. This finding is consistent with the hypothesis that past-event conversations during early childhood have long-lasting effects on autobiographical memory.

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ID Code: 31070
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Childhood Amnesia, Maternal Reminiscing Style, Early Childhood, Adolescence
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01274.x
ISSN: 0009-3920
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > COGNITIVE SCIENCE (170200) > Cognitive Science not elsewhere classified (170299)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 28 Feb 2010 22:37
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:09

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