Parenting and Theory of Mind

Hardcover | March 30, 2016

byScott A. Miller

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Parenting and Theory of Mind represents the conjunction of two major research literatures in child psychology. One is longstanding. The question of how best to rear children has been a central topic for psychology ever since psychology began to develop as a science. The other researchliterature is a good deal younger, though quickly expanding. Theory of mind (ToM) has to do with understanding of the mental world - what people (children in particular) know or think about mental phenomena such as beliefs, desires, and emotions. An important question that research on TOM addresses is where do children's ToM abilities come from? In particular, how do children's experiences shape their development? If we know the formative experiences that underlie ToM, then we may be able to optimize this important aspect of development forall children. The last 15 or so years have seen a rapid expansion of the literature on the social contributors to ToM, including hundreds of studies directed to various aspects of parenting. These studies have made clear that parents can be important contributors to what their children understandabout the mental world. This is the first book to comprehensively bring together the literature on ToM and parenting, summarizing what we know about how parenting contributes to one of the most important outcomes in cognitive development and outlining future directions for research in this growingarea.

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Parenting and Theory of Mind represents the conjunction of two major research literatures in child psychology. One is longstanding. The question of how best to rear children has been a central topic for psychology ever since psychology began to develop as a science. The other researchliterature is a good deal younger, though quickly ex...

Scott Miller, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida. He was a faculty member in Psychology at the University of Michigan prior to joining the University of Florida's Psychology Department. Dr. Miller is a member of the Cognitive Development Society, the Jean Piaget Society, and the Soci...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 30, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Theory of Mind3. Parenting4. General Aspects of Parenting and Theory of Mind5. Attachment6. Developments in Infancy7. Parental Talk8. Parents' Beliefs9. Experimental Approaches10. ConclusionsReferencesAuthor IndexSubject Index