ERIC Number: ED056338
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Interaction Process in Small Groups of Varied Ages.
Smith, H. W.
Data are presented which show: (1) that differences between adult and child psyches have important implications for age-stratified interaction process; and (2) that adult-child interactional differences cannot be solely attributable to genetic or psychological differences but that they are in part due to social factors. The data are based on like-aged, like-sexed gros of 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 13, 16, and 20 year olds which are comparable with regard to personal and social characteristics, group size and number of sessions met. Behavioral stratification at various age levels was analyzed on the basis of: (1) who-speaks-to-whom data; (2) power and status distribution; and (3) the direction of interaction. Results suggest that, contrary to what is usually thought, child-adult qualitative interaction differences are more directly attacked through quantitative comparisons. Certain of the data suggests that, while physical maturation may be slow enough to hinder the child's complete attainment of adult interpersonal styles, children may also lack adult interaction structure due to poor, or incomplete, socialization. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., St. Louis.