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ERIC Number: ED260482
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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An Examination of Conversational Skill in Accepted and Rejected Children.
Vogel, Joyce; And Others
It is generally believed that the reason some children do not have satisfactory peer relationships is that they lack or will not use the interpersonal skills necessary to initiate and/or maintain such relationships. On the basis of this belief, a study was conducted to examine the conversational behavior of accepted and rejected children in a situation where conversation was the sole interpersonal activity. Subjects were 80 third-grade children divided into 16 accepted dyads, 12 rejected dyads, and 12 mixed status dyads. The videotaped conversations of the 40 dyads included conversation during a 2-minute waiting period, and a 4-minute conversational period during which the children were instructed to talk about a topic of their choice. These were then transcribed and analyzed. The results indicated that dyads of accepted children showed greater indication of listening and interest in engaging the other person in conversation than did the dyads of rejected children when weighted against incidence of not listening. The status effects observed were consistent with findings from other studies that characterize accepted children as being more prosocial and less antagonistic than rejected children. These data also provide support for social skills training programs. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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