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Infant Behav Dev. 2012 Dec;35(4):719-26. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2012.07.012. Epub 2012 Sep 14.

Child and mother mental-state talk in shared pretense as predictors of children's social symbolic play abilities at age 3.

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School of Psychology, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.

Abstract

This study investigated relations between mother and child (N=49) mental-state talk during shared pretense and children's social symbolic play at age 3. Social symbolic play was not related to mothers' mental-state talk. In contrast, children's own use of desire-state talk in shared pretense was a better predictor of social symbolic play than their general use of mental-state talk, even after accounting for general verbal ability as well as mothers' use of desires terms.

CONCLUSION:

These results highlight for the first time a link between children's references to desires and their performance on social symbolic play at age 3 years - a social cognitive ability thought to precede theory of mind.

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22982271
DOI:
10.1016/j.infbeh.2012.07.012
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