Child, parent, and parent-child emotion narratives: Implications for developmental psychopathology

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Studies using narratives with children and parents offer ways to study affective meaning-making processes that are central in many theories of developmental psychopathology. This paper reviews theory regarding affective meaning making, and argues that narratives are particularly suited to examine such processes. The review of narrative studies and methods is organized into three sections according to the focus on child, parent, and parent-child narratives. Within each focus three levels of analysis are considered: (a) narrative organization and coherence, (b) narrative content, and (c) the behavior/interactions of the narrator(s). The implications of this research for developmental psychopathology and clinical work are discussed with an emphasis on parent-child jointly constructed narratives as the meeting point of individual child and parent narratives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)771-790
Number of pages20
JournalDevelopment and Psychopathology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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