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dc.contributor.advisorCross, David R.
dc.contributor.authorRazuri, Erin Beckeren_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-22T18:48:41Z
dc.date.available2014-07-22T18:48:41Z
dc.date.created2012en_US
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifieretd-04262012-102142en_US
dc.identifierumi-10282en_US
dc.identifiercat-001816131en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu:443/handle/116099117/4424
dc.description.abstractMaternal input is thought to play an important role in young children's development of mental state language (i.e. words referring to desires and beliefs). Maternal mental state language is thought to influence children's own mental state language and socio-cognitive understanding (e.g. theory of mind), but the mechanism is unclear. In addition, the association between security of attachment and mental state language has been examined but has failed to yield consistent results. The current study examines the longitudinal association between mother and child mental state language in the context of the attachment relationship. Further, the study examines whether maternal mental state language functions in the zone of proximal development, in which mothers scaffold children's mental state language according to Vygotskian criteria. Results reveal partial support for a Vygotskian framework such that mother's desire talk decreases while belief talk increases over time. In addition, a significant three-way interaction for attachment security x person x type suggests important differences in mental state discourse for secure and insecure attachment dyads. Implications for a Vygotskian framework are discussed.
dc.format.mediumFormat: Onlineen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisher[Fort Worth, Tex.] : Texas Christian University,en_US
dc.relation.ispartofTexas Christian University dissertationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofUMI thesis.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofTexas Christian University dissertation.en_US
dc.relation.requiresMode of access: World Wide Web.en_US
dc.relation.requiresSystem requirements: Adobe Acrobat reader.en_US
dc.subject.lcshMother and child.en_US
dc.subject.lcshAttachment behavior in children.en_US
dc.subject.lcshMothers Language.en_US
dc.subject.lcshChild development.en_US
dc.titleMental state language in the zone of proximal development: the longitudinal roles of attachment and maternal languageen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
etd.degree.departmentDepartment of Psychology
etd.degree.levelDoctoral
local.collegeCollege of Science and Engineering
local.departmentPsychology
local.academicunitDepartment of Psychology
dc.type.genreDissertation
local.subjectareaPsychology
etd.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
etd.degree.grantorTexas Christian University


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