This research was supported by National Institute of Mental Health Grant MH 15632 to the first author.
Development of Self-Recognition, Personal Pronoun Use, and Pretend Play During the 2nd Year
Article first published online: 22 NOV 2004
Volume 75, Issue 6, pages 1821–1831, December 2004
How to Cite
Lewis, M. and Ramsay, D. (2004), Development of Self-Recognition, Personal Pronoun Use, and Pretend Play During the 2nd Year. Child Development, 75: 1821–1831. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2004.00819.x
- Issue published online: 22 NOV 2004
- Article first published online: 22 NOV 2004
This study examined the relation of visual self-recognition to personal pronoun use and pretend play. For a longitudinal sample (N=66) at the ages when self-recognition was emerging (15, 18, and 21 months), self-recognition was related to personal pronoun use and pretend play such that children showing self-recognition used more personal pronouns and demonstrated more advanced pretend play than did children not showing self-recognition. The finding of a relation among these measures provides additional evidence that in the middle of the 2nd year of life a metarepresentation of self emerges in the human child.