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Looking back to the future: Māori and Pakeha mother-child birth stories.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18269512     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Māori adults have earlier first memories than adults in any culture studied to date. To test the role of early memory socialization in this advantage, Māori (n= 15) and New Zealand European (or Pakeha, n= 17) mothers told birth stories and stories of shared past events to their children (3-4 or 7-8 years). Compared to Pakeha mothers, Māori mothers elaborated more in the birth stories, relative to their elaborations in stories about shared past events, and included more references to relational time and internal states in their birth stories. These data provide the first empirical evidence that Māori children experience a richer narrative environment than Pakeha children for significant events in their past.
Elaine Reese; Harlene Hayne; Shelley MacDonald
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child development     Volume:  79     ISSN:  0009-3920     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Dev     Publication Date:    2008 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-02-13     Completed Date:  2008-05-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372725     Medline TA:  Child Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  114-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Otago, 95 Union Street, Dunedin, New Zealand 9054.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Cross-Cultural Comparison*
Infant, Newborn
Interpersonal Relations
Life Change Events
Mental Recall*
Mother-Child Relations*
Oceanic Ancestry Group / psychology*
Time Perception

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