ERIC Number: ED334007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-19
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Sex Differences in the Relation between Patterns of Friendship and Adjustment.
Blum, Mary Hennessy; McCartney, Kathleen
This study assessed the association between two types of peer relations: sociometric status and dyadic friendship. A sample of 139 second- and third-graders completed a sociometric interview and the Friendship Relations Questionnaire. A subsample of 44 mutual friendship pairs were observed in free play. Friendship patterns were scored with the Dyadic Relationship Q-Set. A total of 124 parents completed measures of child adjustment and personality, including the Child Behavior Checklist and the Childhood Personality Scale. Findings indicated that not only sociometric status, but also self-ratings and observer ratings of dyadic friendship, were associated with adjustment among boys. Neither sociometric status, nor most of the measures of dyadic friendship, were associated with adjustment for girls. It is concluded that sociometric status and dyadic friendship are distinct indexes of peer relations, and both should be considered by researchers. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sociometric Status
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).