ERIC Number: ED099126
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Development of Social Interaction from Infancy through Adolescence.
Newman, Barbara M.
This paper traces the development of interpersonal skills and characterizes the essential features of social interaction as they change from infancy to adolescence. It is demonstrated that, at each life stage, the quality of social relationships is dependent on the person's capacity for interpersonal closeness, his ability to use language, and his cognitive maturity. The developments of the six life stages are discussed. During infancy, rudimentary social skills and an underlying sense of being emotionally connected with people are established. The expressiveness or retentiveness of speech and a general level of abstractness of speech are dominant characteristics of toddlerhood. Egocentrism decreases and language skills increase in significance during early school age. Middle school age brings an awareness of behavior norms and an increasing capacity for compromise. During early adolescence, an upsurge in egocentric concern is evident in regard to self-presentation; cognitively, there is a growth in conceptual skills characterized by the development of formal thought. Finally, in late adolescence, the individual's personality is consolidated enough to produce an integrated interpersonal style which communicates basic personal needs and social attitudes. (SDH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Russell Sage Foundation, New York, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (82nd, New Orleans, Louisiana, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 1974)