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Análise Psicológica

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REBELO, Ana et al. O estilo de reminiscência nas interações mãe-criança e pai-criança. Aná. Psicológica [online]. 2016, vol.34, n.2, pp.101-117. ISSN 0870-8231.

In the last decades, research in the area of adult-child reminiscence has addressed essentially the way mothers talk about past events with their children. However, more recently, researchers have sought to understand the importance of fathers in the development of child communication. This study explores the differences of reminiscing style of mother-child and father-child dyads, according to sex of the child. 79 Portuguese preschool children (40 girls and 39 boys), with an average of 56.93 months, and their parental figures participated (mother, n=75 and father, n=57). 53 of those had data for both mother and father dyads. The dyads participated separately in a reminiscing task about three past shared events. Independent researchers transcribed the conversations and quoted the reminiscing style of fathers, mothers and children. The results show that both parents are similar in how they talk about the past with their children, however the mothers use a speech more repetitive than fathers. Children have a tendency to talk more with fathers than with mothers, regardless of gender. These data reinforce the importance of the father’s role as a socializing agent, from early years, promoting the child’s communication with the outside world.

Keywords : Autobiographical memory; Reminiscing; Reminiscing style; Parental figures; Sex of child.

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