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Meaning making between socially anxious mothers and their children regarding starting school

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In the course of a longitudinal study of the development of children of socially anxious and well mothers, we recorded mothers’ narratives to their child about starting school, using a picture book prompt. We also assessed child representations of school, using Doll Play, and child adjustment after one term in school. Narratives of mothers with social anxiety showed distinctive features, including attribution of threat to the school environment, and low levels of encouragement to the child. Children of anxious mothers had more negative representations of school, and higher levels of anxiety themselves, and these outcomes were predicted by maternal narratives.

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