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Children's and Mothers' Contribution to Joint Reminiscing in Different Sociocultural Contexts: Who Speaks and What is Said
University of Tartu Tartu Estonia.
University of Tartu Tartu Estonia.
University of Osnabrück Osnabrück Germany.
University of Osnabrück Osnabrück Germany.
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2016 (English)In: Infant and Child Development, ISSN 1522-7227, E-ISSN 1522-7219, Vol. 25, no 1, 43-63 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The study compares mothers' conversation with their 4-year-old children about two past events in two autonomy-oriented (35 German and 42 Swedish families), one relatedness-oriented (22 Cameroonian Nso families) and one autonomy-relatedness oriented (38 Estonian families) contexts. German mothers were rather similar to Swedish mothers in talking a lot, providing a lot of information and engaging children into conversation, but they differed from Swedish mothers by talking more about social content. Swedish children were more independent conversational partners to their mothers than other children, including German children. Estonian mothers' contribution to conversation was similar to Cameroonian Nso mothers, except that they asked a lot of open-ended questions to engage children in conversations. Estonian children did not differ from Swedish and German children in their contribution to conversations. Compared to Swedish mothers, past event talk of Estonian mothers was characterized by a bigger proportion of talk devoted to social content, but also to the child, mental states and non-social content. It was characteristic of Cameroonian Nso mothers that they focused more on other people and actions, and their conversational dominance was larger. Differences in reminiscing were consistent with different cultural models of self and the type of autonomy – psychological or action – promoted.

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2016. Vol. 25, no 1, 43-63 p.
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Baltic and East European studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27713DOI: 10.1002/icd.1921ISI: 000369985600003OAI: diva2:821212
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 3000903
Available from: 2015-06-15 Created: 2015-06-15 Last updated: 2016-03-04Bibliographically approved

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