Co-Constructing the Past
There are a variety of social, emotional and developmental outcomes in childhood.
We have found many are linked to parent-child reminiscing about past negative emotional events.
What we studied:
We examined how parents and children talk about past events and how these narratives influence children’s social and emotional development.
What we found:
Parents who reminisced in more adaptive ways (i.e., more emotional and elaborative style) had children who showed more empathic and prosocial behaviours. We also found that parent-child reminiscing was linked to children’s cognitive skills.
We are extending this work by looking at how parent-child reminiscing about pain and sadness affects children’s development over time.
Pain is real. Change the conversation.