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THE JAPANESE JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (2017, vol.28)


Vol.28 No.1

Watanabe, Manami (Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo). Abuse Anxiety during Pregnancy: Differences Based on Parenting Experience. The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology 2017, Vol.28, No.1, 1-11.

The purpose of this study was to investigate aspects of abuse anxiety during pregnancy. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 45 pregnant women (28 were primiparas and 17 were multiparas), and statements regarding abuse anxiety were categorized. Categories were (1) “Empathetic reaction to abusive parents,” (2) “Anxiety about being regarded as an abusive mother,” and (3) “Anxiety about the possibility of being abusive.” Examples of their sub-categories were: (1) eSense of similarity between their own parenting and child abuse,f (2) eAnxiety about the possibility of their children seeing them as abusive mothers,f and (3) eAnxiety about the possibility of not being able to control their emotions.f The results suggest the diversity of abuse anxieties, which had never before been examined. Moreover, the contents the mothers referred to as the subjective causes of their abuse anxiety differed between primiparas and multiparas women. It is necessary to study the process of how mothers develop specific abuse anxieties, in order to suggest adequate support for these mothers.
yKeywordszParenting anxiety, Abuse anxiety, Child maltreatment, Parental support, Pregnant mothers


Otani, Takashi (Kyoto International Social Welfare Exchange Centre, Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences, Kobe Gakuin University), Shimizu, Satomi (Heian Jogakuin University), Goma, Hideyo (Kyoto University of Education), Okubo, Junichiro (Tezukayama University) & Shimizu, Hiroyuki (Kobe Gakuin University). The Usefulness of Picture Sequencing Tasks in Developmental Assessment. The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology 2017, Vol.28, No.1, 12-23.

Participants in this study were 349 children (age range44-107 months), and the results were evaluated according to the age group of the participants. The tasks were based on similar tasks published by Baron-Cohen, Leslie and Frith (1986), and were divided into three categories: “mechanical,” “behavioral,” and “intentional.” The mechanical tasks were the easiest, and performance on these tasks were set as a base to estimate the achievement levels for the other two categories. The results revealed that all tasks or three categories were performed successfully by 3-7 year-old children. 4.5 year-old children had a 50% success rate in passing the “mechanical” tasks, 5.7 year-old children had a 50% success rate in passing the “behavioral” task, and 6.5 year-old children had a 50% success rate in passing the “intentional” task. These results suggest that the picture sequencing tasks are useful for the assessment of development when the categories are adequately considered.
yKeywordszPicture sequencing task, Developmental assessment, Young children


Tian, Lingling (Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Nagoya University), Hiraishi, Kenji (Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Nagoya University) & Watanabe, Kenji (School of Education, Kogakkan University). Discrepancies between Adolescents' and Mothers' Conceptions of Parental Authority, Mother-Adolescent Conflicts and Adolescents' Well-being. The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology 2017, Vol.28, No.1, 24-34.

This study analyzed differences between adolescents' and mothers' conceptions of parental authority, and assessed the relationships among the discrepancies of adolescents' and mothers' conceptions of parental authority, mother-adolescent conflicts, and adolescents' well-being. Participants were 287 adolescents and their mothers. The research examined their conceptions of parental authority (legitimacy of parental authority, rule obligation), adolescents' perceptions of mother-adolescent conflicts (quantity of issues, intensity of issues) and well-being (depression, anxiety, self-esteem). The results showed the following: (1) adolescents reported lower scores of conceptions of parental authority than did mothers; (2) adolescents at upper grade levels reported lower scores of conceptions of parental authority than did adolescents at lower grade levels; (3) females reported higher levels of mother-adolescent conflicts than did males; and (4) discrepancies between adolescents' and mothers' conceptions of parental authority negatively affected mother-adolescent conflicts, and in turn, mother-adolescent conflicts negatively affected adolescents' well-being.
yKeywordszParental authority, Mother-adolescent conflict, Adolescence, Mother-adolescent relationship


Sasaki, Takayuki (Faculty of Business Administration, Osaka University of Commerce), Takahama, Yuko (Professor Emeritus, Ochanoizu University), Kitamura, Kotomi (Faculty of Human Sciences, Osaka University of Human Sciences) & Kimura, Fumika (Faculty of Contemporary Human Life Science, Tokyo Kasei Gakuin University). An Analysis of Dyadic Data among Parents with Toddlers and Grandparents: The Determinants of Childcare Support Frequency and Informant Discrepancy. The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology 2017, Vol.28, No.1, 35-45.

The purpose of this research was to investigate the determinants of grandparents' childcare support frequency and discrepancies between parent-reports and grandparent-reports. It employed a multilevel approach suitable for dyadic data. Parameter estimations were made for 186 dyads of parents and grandparents, and interdependence within the dyads and measurement errors were taken into account. The results revealed that predictors from the parental side, but not the grandparental side, were linked with the frequency of grandparents' childcare support. Regardless of support providers' age, time availability, economic status, or health status, the extent of recipients' demands was related to an increase in the frequency of childcare support. On average, grandparents were more likely to underestimate the frequency of their support than parents, the recipients of support. Those grandparents who were satisfied with their intergenerational support relationships and those who lived close to parents with toddlers were more likely to underestimate the support frequency, meaning that the discrepancy between the two reports was higher.
yKeywordszChildcare support, Intergenerational relationship, Generativity, Dyadic data, Grandparents


Sakakibara, Ryota (Faculty of Law, Economics and Humanities, Kagoshima University), Tomizuka, Yuriko (Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo) & Endo, Toshihiko (Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo). The Relationships between Cognitive Emotional Labor Strategies and Psychological Health of Nursery Teachers. The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology 2017, Vol.28, No.1, 46-58.

This study concerned the relations between cognitive emotional labor strategies and the psychological health of nursery teachers, and examined how their job involvement moderates those relations. Questionnaires were completed by 1,798 nursery teachers. Hierarchical multiple regression analysis showed that compared to other strategies, “rumination,” “catastrophizing,” and “attribution to school” had relatively strong positive relations with “emotional exhaustion” and “intention to leave.” On the other hand, “positive reappraisal” was the only strategy that had negative relations with both variables, although the effect sizes were small. In addition, interaction effects between “rumination,” “catastrophizing,” and “job involvement” were confirmed. Simple slope analysis showed that “job involvement” had a buffering effect on “rumination” and “catastrophizing” on “intention to leave.” This buffering effect was inconsistent with previous theories and findings. The significance of these research findings and the limits of this study were discussed.
yKeywordszNursery teacher, Emotional labor, Psychological health, Job involvement



Vol.28 No.2

Takiyoshi, Michika (Iwate University), Suzuki, Daisuke (Tohoku University) & Tanaka, Mari (Kyushu University). Cognition of Awkwardness in People with ASD: An Exploratory Study. The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology 2017, Vol.28, No.2, 63–73.

This study analyzed how people with typical development (TD) perceive awkwardness during different stages of life and contrasted these perceptions with cognitions about people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Participants (ns214 people with TD, 111 people with ASD, ages 9–60) were asked when they felt awkward. Their responses were grouped into 12 categories and analyzed. The results showed that elementary school-aged TD participants felt awkward when another person's opinions or feelings opposed their own. High school students felt awkward in interpersonal relationships. Meanwhile, ASD participants ages 16 and older failed to understand the relationship between themselves and others, or to immediately sense the atmosphere of other people. ASD participants were especially less perceptive of awkwardness in the contexts of conversations and facial or non-verbal cues. However, they tended to feel awkward when they could not handle an issue on their own. The discussion concerned the characteristics and development of cognitions of awkwardness that people with ASD perceive in comparison to people with TD.
yKeywordszAutism Spectrum Disorder, Typical Development, Awkwardness, Developmental stages


Kudo, Hidemi (Graduate School of Human Development, Aichi Prefectural University). Development of Understanding of Ambiguous Figures in Young Children: Effects of Figure De-construction and Re-construction on Children's Spontaneous Reversal of Interpretations. The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology 2017, Vol.28, No.2, 74–83.

This study investigated the ages at which children can reverse ambiguous figures without any suggestion of another interpretation. When children cannot reverse the figures, we also considered whether or not they reverse them more easily after having observed the process of disassembling a figure (e.g., perceived as a rabbit) into pieces and then reassembling the pieces into the exactly same composition as previously presented, but with the pretext that the figure would be different (e.g., a duck). The results showed that a majority of 5-year-old children easily succeed in making alternative interpretations, whereas 3-year-olds stick to their first interpretations and cannot find another one. We found that the de- and re-construction procedure facilitates the spontaneous reversal of ambiguous figures only for 5-year-old children, whereas there was no such effect for 3- to 4- year-olds. Our findings suggest that it is not until age 5 that children come to understand the representational nature of interpretations of ambiguous figures.
yKeywordszYoung children, Ambiguous figure, Development of representation, Figure reconstruction


Hihara, Shogo (Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University) & Sugimura, Kazumi (Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University). An Examination of Negative Identity of Adolescents Using the Twenty Statements Test: Quantitative and Qualitative Analyses. The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology 2017, Vol.28, No.2, 84–95.
This study examined the validity of a procedure to identify adolescents choosing a negative identity, by using the Twenty Statements Test (TST). In Study 1, 222 (Survey 1) and 204 (Survey 2) Japanese university students completed questionnaires. Consistent with our hypotheses, students in the negative identity group scored lower on identity achievement, trust, and environmental exploration, and higher on guilt and career indecision, than did their peers in the other groups. There was no significant difference in self-exploration among the groups. In Study 2, 22 university students took part in interviews. Students in the negative identity group stated their negative self-definitions more clearly than did individuals in the other groups. Moreover, they had experienced identity crisis, guilt, and crisis of trust. Overall, these results reveal that the procedure used in this study was effective for identification of adolescents who choose a negative identity.
yKeywordszNegative identity, Identity crisis, Twenty Statements Test, Self-concept, Adolescence


Miyake, Hidenori (Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) & Sugimura, Shinichiro (Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University). The Effect of Directive Words on Semantic Integration of Speech and Gesture in Comprehension in Young Children. The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology 2017, Vol.28, No.2, 96–105.
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of directive words on young children's ability to integrate speech and gesture in comprehension. In this study, 3- to 6-year-old children (N210) were presented with a combination of two types of spoken sentences and gestures. They were divided into two groups. One was the group in which children were presented gestures and speech with directive words, and the other was the group in which they were presented gestures and speech without directive words. Using iconic gesture in Experiment 1 and abstract gesture in Experiment 2, the participants were asked to select an object that best matched the message. The result showed that young children in the group with directive words integrated speech and gesture more than the group without directive words. The proportion who made the right choice selecting speech and gesture increased with age in Experiment 1, but it did not increase with age in Experiment 2. Based on our results, we discuss how young children's ability to integrate speech and gesture can be developed.
yKeywordszGesture, Speech, Integrated comprehension, Directive words, Young children


Fujino, Hiroshi (Tokyo Gakugei University), Matsui, Tomoko (Tokyo Gakugei University), Tojo, Yoshikuni (Ibaraki University) & Hakarino, Koichiro (Musashino Higashi Center for Education and Research). Do Verbal Proposition Cues Facilitate False-Belief Reasoning in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder? An Intervention Study. The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology 2017, Vol.28, No.2, 106–114.
We investigated the effect of verbal proposition cues related to the basic principle of false-belief in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and discussed the findings from the perspective of verbal ability. The participants were 54 children with ASD from 6–12 years of age. A pre-test was administered using a false-belief task. Twenty-nine children who did not pass the pre-test were given another false-belief task as an intervention. In this task, the ‘seeing leads to knowing' principle was provided verbally before the belief question. Children who passed this task were given another false-belief task without verbal cues as a post-test for a probe. They were also asked to state the reasons for their answers. Four children passed the intervention task and post-test, and two children among them referred to relations between perception and knowledge as reasons for their answers. Their verbal ages were over 10 years. These results suggest that verbal proposition cues can facilitate false-belief reasoning, in ASD children with a verbal age of 10 years who can understand the false-belief principle and generalize from it.
yKeywordszAutism spectrum disorder, False-belief reasoning, Verbal proposition, Intervention



Vol.28 No.3

Imaoka, Tae (Faculty of Education, University of Tokoha) & Shoji, Ichiko (Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba). The Relationships between Function of Guilt, Degree of Guilt, and School Adjustment in Junior High School Students. The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology 2017, Vol.28, No.3, 123-132.
This study investigated the function of guilt among junior high school students, and examined the relationship among the function of guilt, degree of guilt, and school adjustment among junior high school students. 596 junior high school students completed a questionnaire. The main results were as follows. In Study 1, exploratory factor analysis of the Function of Guilt Scale revealed 4 factors: “self-improvement,” “reflection,” “arousal of negative feelings,” and “consideration of others.” In Study 2, structural equation modeling analysis indicated the following: (a) the degree of guilt that students experienced in their school life had a positive effect on their function of guilt, (b)“self-improvement,” “reflection,” and “consideration to others” had positive effects on school adjustment, and (c)“arousal of negative feeling” had negative effects on school adjustment.
yKeywordszFunction of guilt, Degree of guilt, School adjustment, Junior high school students


Motoshima, Yuko (Faculty of Education, Art and Science, Yamagata University). Maternal Cognition of Infant Emotions and Infant Attachment Security: A Longitudinal Study. The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology 2017, Vol.28, No.3, 133-142.
This longitudinal study examined whether maternal cognition of infant emotions predicted infant attachment security beyond the variance explained by maternal sensitivity. Maternal cognition of infant emotions was assessed by the Japanese version of the IFEEL Pictures, and maternal sensitivity was observed during free play, at 2 months. Infants' attachment security was then assessed with the Attachment Q-Sort on the basis of home observations at 18 months. The results showed that infants of mothers who were more likely to interpret joy or sad precisely on the IFEEL pictures at 12 months scored higher on attachment security at 18 months. Maternal cognition of infant emotions also accounted for variance in attachment security beyond the variance explained by maternal sensitivity. These findings suggest the important role of maternal cognition of infant emotions for infant attachment development.
yKeywordszMaternal cognition of infant emotions, IFEEL Pictures, Attachment security, Longitudinal study


Ishibashi, Yumi (Graduate School of Education, the University of Tokyo). Development of Children's Thinking about Geography: Causal Explanations of Industrial Locations. The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology 2017, Vol.28, No.3, 143-153.
This study examined children's thinking about geography as evidenced by their causal explanations of industrial locations. A sample of 25 third graders and 26 fifth graders individually addressed three problems involving the geographical locations of dairy industries, arable industries, and food services industries. The children were asked why a certain industry had developed in a particular location. In addition, they were asked follow-up questions to clarify their explanations, pursue causal relationships, and focus on different conditions. An analysis of the children's explanations revealed that as children get older they focus more on social and economic conditions, and less on “pre-natural” and human conditions. Even the third graders were able to explain natural causes for the growth of dairy and arable industries; the fifth graders were able to provide social causes for food service industries. Follow-up questions were effective for children to focus on different geographical conditions. This was particularly true of the fifth graders, who focused on at least one geographical condition before they were asked the follow-up questions.
yKeywordszGeographical understanding, Elementary school children, Causal explanation, Naive geography, Social scientific phenomena


Egami, Sonoko (Faculty of Education, Ehime University). Career-Oriented Women's Change in Their Adherence to “Maternal Love” from the Prenatal to Postnatal Period. The Japanese Journal of Developmental Psychology 2017, Vol.28, No.3, 154-164.
This study examined career women's change in their adherence to “maternal love” through both quantitative and qualitative analyses. First, a scale for adherence to “maternal love” was broken into two factors (“justification of child-rearing by women” and “sanctification of motherly love”) by using confirmative factor analysis of previous data (N=1260). Next, investigation of changes in the two factors from the prenatal to postnatal period showed that the score for “sanctification of motherly love” increased post-partum, as first-time mothers and their discourse changed dramatically in contrast with second-time mothers. In addition, first-time mothers' narratives generated some main themes, and they changed in the following contexts: change in their impression for adherence to “maternal love,” evaluation of themselves as mothers, and redefinitions of their careers.
yKeywordszCareer-oriented women, “Maternal love”, First-time mothers, Thematic analysis