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ERIC Number: ED332822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Sibling and Peer Relations in Socially Rejected, Average, and Popular Children.
Graham-Bermann, Sandy; Gest, Scott
The qualities of sibling relationships and friendships of socially accepted and rejected children were compared in a study involving 392 male and 384 female second and third graders. The students completed a series of assessments and their teachers filled out rating scales. Results indicated that sibling status was associated with friendship status. Only children without siblings and boys with sisters were at risk for having no best friend. As expected, friendship status was associated with sociometric status. More popular students were more likely to have reciprocal friendships, while those who were rejected were less likely to have reciprocal friendships. Both sibling and friendship status were associated with positive social behavior. For boys, having a sibling was strongly associated with being nominated by peers for more positive and less negative social roles. For girls, having both siblings and friends was associated with positive social behavior. Having a sibling and type of friendship affected the probability of being perceived in positive social roles by the teacher. Both sibling and friendship status affected the probability of being nominated in positive social roles by peers. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Only Children; Reciprocity; Sociometric Status
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).