Parental mind mindedness (Master thesis)

Ορφανίδου, Σοφία

The present study examines the relationship between parental mind-mindedness - specifically maternal mind-mindedness- and two individual characteristics of children, conscience and temperament. Sixty-eight mothers of children between 3 to 7 years old participated in the study. Mothers completed Meins’ «Μind-mindedness interview» (Meins, Fernyhough, Russell, & Clark-Carter, 1998), which measures mothers’ tendency to make references to the mental states of their children. In addition, mothers filled in the scale «My Child» (MC, Kochanska, DeVet, Goldman, Murray, & Putnam, 1994) and the very short form of the «Children’s Behaviour Questionnaire» (CBQ-VSF, Putnam & Rothbart, 2006), which examines children’s conscience and temperament respectively. The results showed that mother's tendency to make references to her children's mind was positively correlated with children’s conscience and temperament. In particular, mother’s mind-mindedness was positively correlated with the MC’s affective discomfort sub-scale. Moreover, mother’s mind-mindedness was positively correlated with the CBQ’s effortful control sub-scale. However, children’s age and gender did not affect the relationship of mother's mindmindedness with conscience and temperament of her child. Further, the present study showed that mothers make more often references to children’s behavior and their interaction with other people than in the mind. The discussion focuses on the significance of these findings, concerning the field that studies mother's mind-mindedness.
Alternative title / Subtitle: σχέση με τη συνείδηση και την ιδιοσυγκρασία των παιδιών
association with children's conscience and temperament
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών Αγωγής. Παιδαγωγικό Τμήμα Δημοτικής Εκπαίδευσης
Subject classification: Ιδιοσυγκρασία στα παιδιά
Keywords: Μητρική νοο-προσήλωση,Ιδιοσυγκρασία,Μητέρες,Παιδιά,Συνείδηση,Children,Conscience,Maternal mind-mindedness,Mothers,Temperament
Appears in Collections:Διατριβές Μεταπτυχιακής Έρευνας (Masters)

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