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Title: Correction: Global TALES feasibility study: Personal narratives in 10-year-old children around the world
Authors: Westerveld, Marleen F 
Lyons, Rena 
Nelson, Nickola Wolf 
Chen, Kai Mei 
Claessen, Mary 
Ferman, Sara 
Fernandes, Fernanda Dreux M 
Gillon, Gail 
Kawar, Khaloob 
Kraljevic, Jelena Kuvac 
Petinou, Kakia 
Theodorou, Eleni 
Tumanova, Tatiana 
Vogandroukas, Ioannis 
Westby, Carol  
Major Field of Science: Medical and Health Sciences
Field Category: Health Sciences
Keywords: Child;Communication;Emotions;Feasibility Studies;Friends;Humans
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2023
Source: PLoS ONE, vol. 18, iss. 10
Volume: 18
Issue: 10
Journal: PLoS ONE 
Abstract: Personal narratives make up more than half of children's conversations. The ability to share personal narratives helps build and maintain friendships, promotes physical and emotional wellbeing, supports classroom participation, and underpins academic success and vocational outcomes. Although personal narratives are a universal discourse genre, cross-cultural and cross-linguistic research into children's ability to share personal narratives is in its infancy. The current study addresses this gap in the research by developing the Global TALES protocol, a protocol comprising six scripted prompts for eliciting personal narratives in school-age children (excited, worried, annoyed, proud, problem situation, something important). We evaluated its feasibility with 249 ten-year-old children from 10 different countries, speaking 8 different languages, and analyzed researchers' views on the process of adapting the protocol for use in their own country/language. At group-level, the protocol elicited discourse samples from all children, although individual variability was evident, with most children providing responses to all six prompts. When investigating the topics of children's personal narratives in response to the prompts, we found that children from around the world share many commonalities regarding topics of conversation. Once again individual variability was high, indicating the protocol is effective in prompting children to share their past personal experiences without forcing them to focus on one particular topic. Feedback from the participating researchers on the use of the protocol in their own countries was generally positive, although several translation issues were noted. Based on our results, we now invite clinical researchers from around the world to join us in conducting further research into this important area of practice to obtain a better understanding of the development of personal narratives from children across different languages and cultures and to begin to establish local benchmarks of performance.
ISSN: 19326203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0293705
Rights: © Westerveld et al.
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Type: Article
Affiliation : Griffith University 
College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences 
Western Michigan University 
Chung Shan Medical University 
Curtin University of Technology 
Tel Aviv University 
University of Sao Paulo 
University of Canterbury 
University of Auckland 
Beit Berl College 
University of Zagreb 
Cyprus University of Technology 
Moscow State University of Education 
School of Education Nicosia University 
Bilingual Multicultural Services 
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