Mothers more emotive when talking to daughters than sons

  • ANI, Washington
  • Updated: Nov 13, 2014 15:01 IST

A new study has revealed that conversations mothers have with their daughters tend to contain more emotional words and content, than the conversations they have with their sons, which might be the reason why women are generally more emotionally intelligent than men.

The researchers from the University of Surrey found that mothers use more emotional words than fathers, they are also unconsciously reinforcing gender stereotypes to their children and that daughter in the study found to display a higher level of emotional literacy than boys with words such as 'happy', 'sad' and 'worried' used frequently.

Lead author Dr Harriet Tenenbaum from the University of Surrey said that their study suggests that parent-child conversations are gendered, with mothers talking more expressively to their daughters than their sons.

The study was published in The British Journal of Developmental Psychology.

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