The contribution of mother-father-child interactions to children's emotion narratives

Shira Yuval Adler, David Oppenheim

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Parents' sensitivity during interactions with their children has been associated with children's emotion narratives elicited using story completion tasks, but almost all of this research focused on mothers and was based on a dyadic, parent-child focus. The goal of the present study was to expand this research by studying triadic, mother-father-child interactions and their associations with children's narratives. Seventy-one families with their 4.5-year-old children were observed in the Lausanne Trilogue Play (LTP) procedure to assess Family Cooperation, and children were administered the MacArthur Story-Stem Battery (MSSB) to assess Coherence, Parental Representations, and Engagement with the task. Regression analyses indicated that controlling for children's Narrative Competence and Effortful Control, children who were part of more cooperative family interactions produced narratives that were more coherent, and they were more engaged during the task. No associations were found with children's representations of parents. Directions for future studies as well as clinical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Development
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

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© 2022 The Authors. Social Development published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


  • emotion narratives
  • family interaction
  • Lausanne Trilogue play
  • MacArthur Story-Stem Battery
  • parent-child interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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