Family narrative interaction and children's sense of self.

  title={Family narrative interaction and children's sense of self.},
  author={Jennifer G. Bohanek and Kelly A. Marin and Robyn Fivush and Marshall P. Duke},
  journal={Family process},
  volume={45 1},
Family narratives about the shared past may be a particularly significant site for preadolescents' emerging sense of self both as an individual and as a member of a unified family. We examined the relations between family narrative interaction style when reminiscing and preadolescents' sense of self. Results indicated three narrative interaction styles that describe the extent to which families discuss or fail to discuss their past in integrated and validating ways. Specifically, conversations… 

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