Telling stories: gender differences in peers' emotion talk and communication style

Tenenbaum, Harriet R., Ford, Sarah and Alkhedairy, Betul (2011) Telling stories: gender differences in peers' emotion talk and communication style. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 29(4), pp. 707-721. ISSN (print) 0261-510X

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Eighty girls and 64 boys (M= 6 years; 8 months, SD= .65) narrated a wordless picture book in mixed- or same-gender dyads. In mixed-gender as well as same-gender dyads, girls used more emotion explanations than did boys. Combined across dyad type, girls used more emotion labels than did boys. Girls used a higher proportion of collaborative speech acts than did boys in same-gender dyads, but girls and boys used the same amount in mixed-gender dyads. Whereas girls used a higher proportion of informing acts in mixed-gender dyads than did boys, boys used more than did girls in same-gender dyads. The findings support contextual models of gender and suggest that speaker as well as partner gender influence emotion expression and conversational style.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: affective social competence, sex-differences, child conversations, young-children, feeling states, past emotions, low-income, behavior, age, narratives
Research Area: Allied health professions and studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017)
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Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2011 12:59
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2011 16:22

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