This study examined developmental change and variation across social context in the quality of children’s conversations, with a dual focus on (a) conflict and (b) inner state talk (IST). Each measure was coded as a proportion of total talk, using transcripts from 57 3- to 6-yearolds, filmed at home at two time-points (12-months apart) in two distinct contexts (dyadic play with younger siblings and unstructured routine interactions with mothers). Frequencies of conflict and IST did not change between time-points. However, IST changed in function, such that the proportion of IST within explanations increased over time. At each time-point: (1) children talked about inner states (especially others’ inner states) more often with younger siblings than with mothers; and (2) conflict was more strongly associated with talk about children’s own inner states within conversations with mothers (mean r = .46) than with younger siblings (mean r = .02). Together, these findings highlight the need to consider both conflict and IST as relationship-specific constructs.

A Longitudinal Study of Conflict and Inner State Talk in Children’s Conversations with Mothers and Younger Siblings

LECCE, SERENA
2010-01-01

Abstract

This study examined developmental change and variation across social context in the quality of children’s conversations, with a dual focus on (a) conflict and (b) inner state talk (IST). Each measure was coded as a proportion of total talk, using transcripts from 57 3- to 6-yearolds, filmed at home at two time-points (12-months apart) in two distinct contexts (dyadic play with younger siblings and unstructured routine interactions with mothers). Frequencies of conflict and IST did not change between time-points. However, IST changed in function, such that the proportion of IST within explanations increased over time. At each time-point: (1) children talked about inner states (especially others’ inner states) more often with younger siblings than with mothers; and (2) conflict was more strongly associated with talk about children’s own inner states within conversations with mothers (mean r = .46) than with younger siblings (mean r = .02). Together, these findings highlight the need to consider both conflict and IST as relationship-specific constructs.
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