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Parent-Child positive touch: Gender, task, and age differences

Aznar, A and Tenenbaum, HR (2016) Parent-Child positive touch: Gender, task, and age differences Journal of Nonverbal Behavior.

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Abstract

This study examined gender, age, and task differences in positive touch and physical proximity during mother-child and father-child conversations. Sixty-five Spanish mothers and fathers and their 4- (M = 53.50 months, SD = 3.54) and 6-year-old (M = 77.07 months, SD = 3.94) children participated in this study. Positive touch was examined during a play-related storytelling task and a reminiscence task (conversation about past emotions). Fathers touched their children positively more frequently during the play-related storytelling task than did mothers. Both mothers and fathers were in closer proximity to their 6-year-olds than their 4-year-olds. Mothers and fathers touched their children positively more frequently when reminiscing than when playing. Finally, 6-year-olds remained closer to their parents than did 4-year-olds. Implications of these findings for future research on children’s socioemotional development are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : subj_Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
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AuthorsEmailORCID
Aznar, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Tenenbaum, HRUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 7 July 2016
Identification Number : 10.1007/s10919-016-0236-x
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s)2016. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 25 Apr 2016 10:27
Last Modified : 02 Aug 2016 08:53
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810523

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