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ERIC Number: ED150501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Pages: 22
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The Social Maps of Children Approaching Adolescence: Studying the Ecology of Youth Development.
Garbarino, James; And Others
This paper reports the first results of a three-year longitudinal study of the social maps of children beginning the transition to adolescence. This exploratory study is guided by Bronfenbrenner's conception of the ecology of human development stressing the importance of a phenomenological orientation to development in the context of ecological transitions. The study focuses on characteristics of children's social networks (the web of relationships in which the individual is involved) as a function of the neighborhood type, socioeconomic status and level of physical maturation. The social heterogeneity of the social network (e.g., the relative salience of peers vs. adults) is a primary concern. The child's and parent's perceptions of the network, of the people available to help the child and the child's friends, are compared within the context of ecological, socioeconomic and maturational factors. The results (for 111 sixth grade children from three contrasting neighborhood schools) shed some light on age segregation and the overall heterogeneity of children's social environments as they face the transition to adolescence. They provide a context and a baseline for the longitudinal study. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (San Francisco, California, August 26-30, 1977)