ERIC Number: ED136936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Intimacy Between Adults and Children in Public Places.
Cleaves, Wallace T.; Rosenblatt, Paul C.
This study examined the public behavior between adults and children in 557 groups and evaluated the effects of group size, number of children (16 years of age and younger), and number of adults on the cross-age interactions. For a 10-second period, all social interactions between members of a group were recorded using an unobtrusive observational methodology. Observations were made in a broad range of public settings, including shopping centers, restaurants, clinic waiting rooms, and libraries, in the Minneapolis area. Results indicated that as the size of the observed groups increased from two to six individuals, the average number of cross-age interactions decreased significantly. More specifically, the decrease appeared to be in touching and talking, but not in smiling. However, the decline in average number of interactions was primarily unidirectional, showing a strong decrease in child-to-adult interactions while the adult-to-child interactions were less strongly affected by group size. (Author/JMB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the biennial metting of the Society for Research in Child Development (New Orleans, Louisiana, March 17-20, 1977)