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Gender Comparisons in Mother-Child Emotion Talk: A Meta-Analysis

Aznar, Ana and Tenenbaum, Harriet R. (2019) Gender Comparisons in Mother-Child Emotion Talk: A Meta-Analysis Sex Roles.

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Mother-child emotion talk is one of the main ways through which children learn about emotions. Some previous research studies have suggested that mother-child emotion talk is a gendered process, influencing how girls and boys talk about emotions. Despite inconsistent findings in establishing if mothers use different amounts of emotion talk with their daughters and sons, there is no known meta-analysis of the literature examining gender differences in the frequency of mother-child emotion talk. The aim of this comprehensive meta-analysis is to explore gender comparisons in the frequency of mother-child emotion talk as well as the moderators of these differences. Based on 34 independent group samples (samples of unique individuals) consisting of 3649 participants, no gender differences in the frequency of emotion talk between mothers of daughters and mothers of sons were found. Using a random-effects model, the meta-analysis had a mean weighted effect size of Cohen’s d = .04 (95% CI = [−.05, .13], p = .36). It was not heterogeneous, Qw (33) = 39.36, p = .21. Thus, findings of the present meta-analysis suggest that mother-child emotion talk has not been shown to be gendered, which has implications for children’s socialization of emotions.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Aznar, Ana
Tenenbaum, Harriet
Date : 4 April 2019
DOI : 10.1007/s11199-019-01042-y
Copyright Disclaimer : © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords : Mother-child; Emotion talk; Gender differences; Meta-analysis
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 25 Apr 2019 11:01
Last Modified : 05 Apr 2020 02:08

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