Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

Peter Krøjgaard

Towards a detailed understanding of preschool children’s memory-related functioning and emotion regulation: The role of parents’ observed reminiscence style, memory valence, and parental gender

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  • Jolene Van der Kaap-Deeder, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway, Norway
  • Bart Soenens, Department of Developmental, Social, and Personality Psychology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
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  • Athanasios Mouratidis, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.
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  • Sarah De Pauw, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
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  • Peter Krøjgaard
  • Maarten Vansteenkiste, Department of Developmental, Social, and Personality Psychology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.

This study examined the role of parents' reminiscing style in preschoolers' memory-related functioning and general emotion regulation. In 87 families, each parent rated their child's (M age = 4.07 years, SD = 0.80) emotion regulation and discussed a positive and a negative memory with their child (resulting in 275 conversations). Multilevel analyses showed that children's rated engagement during the conversation was higher when parents were observed to use autonomy-supportive, elaborative, and positive evaluative reminiscing, while children's rated disaffection was predicted by low autonomy support, low elaboration, and negative evaluation. Parental positive evaluation also related positively to children's memory performance. With respect to emotion regulation, only parents' negative evaluation when talking about negative memories related to higher emotional lability.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Volume56
Issue9
Pages (from-to)1696-1708
Number of pages13
ISSN0012-1649
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

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