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Predicting Child Emotion Talk: Maternal Emotion Talk and Positive Emotion
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Vazquez, Lauren C
Master of Science
Date of Defense:
April 02, 2018
Pamela M. Cole, Thesis Advisor
Ginger A. Moore, Committee Member
Janet G. Van Hell, Committee Member
Although the link between maternal and children emotion talk is well established, it is unknown whether the ways in which mothers communicate emotion terms influence young children’s use of emotion talk. We investigated the role of maternal explanations about emotion and maternal positive emotion with a sample of 36-month-olds (46% female; Mage = 36.44 months, SDage = 0.80) and their mothers (N = 120) during a laboratory-based reading task. Results of logistical regression analyses revealed that maternal emotion talk predicted child emotion talk and maternal explanations about emotion did not predict child emotion talk. There was mixed evidence for the role of positive emotion, with some findings suggesting that maternal positive emotion may directly influence child emotion talk.
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