Maternal Reminiscing and Autobiographical Memory Features of Mother–Child Dyads in a Cross-Cultural Context

Yun Wu, Zijing He, Laura Jobson

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Maternal reminiscing styles and mother–child memory features were examined in a cross-cultural context. Fifty-five Chinese (Guangzhou, China) and 48 Australian (Melbourne, Australia) mother–child dyads (child age: 3–6 years) independently retrieved autobiographical memories and jointly discussed past events. Australian mothers used greater elaborative and supportive reminiscing and provided more specific memories than Chinese mothers. Australian children provided greater memory elaboration than Chinese children, but they did not differ in memory specificity. Maternal reminiscing styles and cultural group were independently predictive of child memory elaboration but not specificity. Nonetheless, moderation analyses showed that the two maternal reminiscing styles (elaborative and supportive) interacted to predict child memory specificity. These findings indicate the importance of culture and types of reminiscing on memory development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2160-2177
Number of pages18
JournalChild Development
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

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