Revealing the Inner Worlds of Young Children

Revealing the Inner Worlds of Young Children : The MacArthur Story Stem Battery and Parent-Child Narratives

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Typically, we make sense of our experiences and interactions in a way that is guided by emotion and that takes the form of a narrative or a story. Using narratives, we can tell others about our experience, share common meanings, imagine possibilities, and co-construct new meanings. It is thus a momentous development when, at around age three, a child acquires the capacity to construct narratives. The book reports the work of a 20-year collaboration between 36 psychologists who have created and investigated a new tool to elicit and analyze children's narratives. This tool is the MacArthur Story Stem Battery, a systematic collection of story beginnings that are referred to as 'stems.' These stems are designed to elicit information from children about their representational worlds. This method is particularly exciting because using it allows developmental psychologists to gain information directly from children about their emotional states and what they are able to understand, and in turn, to use this information to explore significant emotional differences among children.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 160.02 x 233.68 x 33.02mm | 748.42g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • numerous tables and 8 figures
  • 0195154045
  • 9780195154047
  • 803,702

Table of contents

1. Early Narratives: A Window to the Child's Inner World ; 2. Making Meaning From Emotional Experience in Early Narratives ; 3. The MacArthur Story Stem Battery: Development, Administration, Reliability, Validity and Reflections about Meaning ; 4. The MacArthur Narrative Coding System: One Approach to Highlighting Affective Meaning Making in the MacArthur Story Stem Battery ; 5. Narrative Emotion Coding System (NEC) ; 6. The Structure of 5-Year-Old Children's Play Narratives within the MacArthur Story Stem Methodology ; 7. Temperament and Guilt Representations in Children's Narratives ; 8. Children's Emotional Resolution of MSSB Narratives: Relations with Child Behaviour Problems and Parental Psychological Distress ; 9. An Attachement Perspective on Children's Emotion Narratives: Links across Generations ; 10. Emotional Apprenticeships: The Development of Affect Regulation During the Pre-School Years ; 11. Portrayals in Maltreated Children's Play Narratives: Representations or Emotion Regulation? ; 12. Narratives in Risk and Clinical Populations ; 13. Mental Representations and Defences in Severely Maltreated Children: A Story Stem Battery and Rating System for Clinical Assessment and Research Applications ; 14. The Mother-Child Co-Construction of an Event Lived by the Pre-school Child: The Role of the Mother's Knowledge of "What Happened" ; 15. Patterns of Maternal Affect Regulation During the Co-construction of Preschoolers' Autobiographical Narratives ; 16. Relationships and Interactions of Mothers and Metaplot with 3-Year Old Kibbutz Children in Two Functional Contexts ; 17. Dialogues of 7-Year-Olds with their Mothers about Emotional Events: Development of a Typology ; 18. Affective Meaning Making among Young Peers in Narrative Co-Constructions
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