Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

Gender and Parental Involvement in Parent-Child Reminiscing in a Scandinavian Sample

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Despite the extensive bulk of literature on maternal reminiscing style, only a handful of reminiscing studies have investigated gender differences in parental reminiscing style, with none of these studies having explored the possible relationship between parental involvement level and parental reminiscing style. The current study investigated gender differences in parental reminiscing style across positive and negative event types in an egalitarian Scandinavian context while exploring the potential relationship between parental reminiscing style and parental involvement level. Mothers and fathers from N = 88 families reminisced about shared happy and sad events, respectively, with their 4-year-old children. Overall, parental involvement level was not related to parental reminiscing style. However, mothers’ elaborations and positive evaluations were associated with their level of involvement level in the sad event conversations. Although mothers and fathers did not differ in their reminiscing style overall, gender differences appeared in the consistency of parental reminiscing style across event types.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Psychology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Oct 2020

    Research areas

  • Parent-Child Reminiscing, Gender Differences, Parental Involvement, Autobiographical Memory

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