Predicting early peer acceptance from toddler peer behavior

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Rachael Dianna Reavis (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Susan P. Keane

Abstract: "This study examined the association between toddler peer behaviors, toddler emotion regulation and kindergarten peer behaviors and acceptance using a sample of 128 children. Toddler peer behavior was assessed during play with an unfamiliar peer and kindergarten peer behavior was assessed using standard sociometric techniques in the classroom. Social peer behavior was not associated with peer outcomes at age 5. Reticent peer behavior was associated with better peer adjustment at age 5 and moderated the association between toddler peer conflict and kindergarten peer conflict, such that children who displayed low reticence and high conflict were more likely than other children to be nominated for fighting behavior in kindergarten. Emotion regulation (ER) showed a similar interaction effect. ER was weakly related to reticence, but not to other forms of peer play behavior in toddlerhood. Discussion of results highlights the importance of including both familiar and unfamiliar peer contexts when assessing social behavior."--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2007
toddle, pee, behaviors, emotion, regulation, kindergarten, acceptance
Kindergarten--Social aspects
Social interaction in children
Social acceptance--Psychological aspects

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