ERIC Number: ED242430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of Interpersonal Behavior Development Using the FIRO-BC.
Burton, Stephen A.; Goggin, William C.
Many human behaviors (e.g., cognitive, moral, and psychosocial) follow predictable developmental patterns or stages. The study reported examined the interpersonal development of 9- through 13-year-old children. A total of 282 children were administered the Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation - Behavior Children (FIRO-BC) test to identify and describe a stage-like progression in interpersonal behavior development. The data presented here failed to evidence such a progression. Rather, interpersonal behavior was largely unrelated to age until children reached 13, whereupon their profiles were significantly different from those of younger children. Similarly, gender-related differences appeared for the first time in 11-year-olds and increased dramatically by age 13. These two facts suggest that interpersonal behavior may be more clearly related to puberty than has been previously supposed. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation BC; Schutz (William)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (28th, Atlanta, GA, March 24-26, 1983).