Fun and frustrations: Low-income Chilean parents reminiscing with their children about past emotional experiences

One way in which parents support the development of children?s socioemotional abilities is?through reminiscing about emotional experiences. This study: a) investigated how low-income Chilean families?through reminiscing label, explain, and reason about emotionally positive and negative experiences;...

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Main Authors: Nolivos, Virginia, Leyva, Diana
Format: Artículo
Language: Inglés
Published: 2015
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Online Access: http://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/actualidades/article/view/9278
http://hdl.handle.net/10669/12691
Summary: One way in which parents support the development of children?s socioemotional abilities is?through reminiscing about emotional experiences. This study: a) investigated how low-income Chilean families?through reminiscing label, explain, and reason about emotionally positive and negative experiences; and b)?documented the emotional narrative themes that families discuss. Sixty-two parents and their preschoolers were?videotaped reminiscing about a time when the child was happy and a time when the child was unhappy. Half?of the children were girls. Narratives were transcribed and coded for a variety of emotion-content categories.?Results showed that conversations about negative experiences were richer in emotional content (emotional?states, facial expressions, emotional evaluations, emotion causes, emotion consequences, and mind-emotion?connections) than positive conversations. Dyads more often discussed outing themes when reminiscing about?positive experiences and peer confl ict themes when reminiscing about negative experiences. This work can?inform interventions targeting low-income families in Latin America.