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Sociocultural influences on the development of verbal mediation : private speech and phonological recoding in Saudi Arabian and British samples.

Al-Namlah, A. S. and Fernyhough, C. and Meins, E. (2006) 'Sociocultural influences on the development of verbal mediation : private speech and phonological recoding in Saudi Arabian and British samples.', Developmental psychology., 42 (1). pp. 117-131.

Abstract

Cross-national stability in private speech (PS) and short-term memory was investigated in Saudi Arabian (n = 63) and British (n = 58) 4- to 8-year-olds. Assumed differences in child-adult interaction between the 2 nationality groups led to predictions of Gender x Nationality interactions in the development of verbal mediation. British boys used more self-regulatory PS than British girls, whereas there was no such difference for the Saudi group. When age, verbal ability, and social speech were controlled, boys used slightly more self-regulatory PS than girls. Self-regulatory PS was related to children's use of phonological recoding of visually presented material in a short-term memory task, suggesting that PS and phonological recoding represent different facets of a domain-general transition toward verbal mediation in early childhood.

Item Type:Article
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (181Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0012-1649.42.1.117
Publisher statement:©2009 American Psychological. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
Record Created:23 Jan 2009
Last Modified:19 Aug 2011 16:30

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