A longitudinal investigation of the dynamics of mental state talk in families.

@article{Jenkins2003ALI,
  title={A longitudinal investigation of the dynamics of mental state talk in families.},
  author={Jennifer M. Jenkins and Sheri L Turrell and Yuiko Kogushi and Susan Lollis and Hildy S Ross},
  journal={Child development},
  year={2003},
  volume={74 3},
  pages={905-20}
}
Thirty-seven mothers and fathers were observed in their homes interacting with their 2- and 4-year-old-children at Time 1 and 2 years later. Parental mental state talk to children varied as a function of children's age, the context in which talk occurred, and the gender of the parent. Four-year-old children, with an older sibling, produced and heard more cognitive talk and less desire talk than children without an older sibling. Cognitive and feeling talk by family members at Time 1 predicted… CONTINUE READING

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