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Associations between maternal involvement and sibling dramatic play, narrative, and creativity

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Associations between maternal involvement and sibling dramatic play, narrative, and creativity

Bruno, Andrea (2008) Associations between maternal involvement and sibling dramatic play, narrative, and creativity. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The present study examined the associations between maternal involvement, sibling dramatic play, narrative, and creativity in two play sessions (mother present and mother not present). Twenty-four sibling dyads ranging in age from 5 to 8 years (older sibling M age = 8.2 yrs., younger sibling M = 5.2yrs.) and mothers from 2-parent, middle class backgrounds participated in the study. The dyads were observed for two 5-minute play sessions (mother present and mother not present) playing with a 50 piece farm set however they wished. The participants were observed for the frequency of descriptive language (total number of adjectives and total number of different adjectives), maternal language, (e.g., guidance), object use, and object transformations. Ratings on 5-point Likert scales were also conducted for degree of sibling collaboration, pretense, and maternal interaction. Finally, the themes of the play were coded (set-up, typical, creative). Sibling dyads engaged in more creative narrative themes, pretense, and object transformations in the mother not present session than in the mother present session. Also, older siblings used more adjectives overall and a greater number of different adjectives in the mother present session. A significant difference was also found in the frequency of the narrative theme regarding set-up, specifically siblings engaged in more set-up in the mother present session. The findings are discussed for implications for theory and practice.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Bruno, Andrea
Pagination:x, 134 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Child Study
Date:2008
Thesis Supervisor(s):Howe, Nina
ID Code:975774
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:14
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:41
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