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ERIC Number: ED262443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
Pages: 27
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Contextual Determinants of Perceptions of Children's Communicator Style and Social Attractiveness.
Craven, Marina; Thompson, Teresa
A study examined whether the context in which interaction occurs would lead to any differences in adult perceptions of the relationship between children's communicator style and social attractiveness. Because previous research has indicated that teachers find children to be attractive when they communicate with friendly, relaxed, and attentive styles, it was hypothesized that nonteaching adults might find children to be attractive if they display slightly different communicator styles. Each of twenty children attending prekindergarten, kindergarten, or first grade in a private school (context 1) and a play school in the afternoon (context 2) was evaluated on ten dimensions of communicator style and three dimensions of attractiveness by two teachers and two play school supervisors. A cross-content comparison of the evaluations revealed a significant difference in only one area: adult perceptions of children's personal attractiveness. Teachers rated the children more highly on personal attractiveness than did the nonteaching adults. Further research is needed to examine the contextual determinants of children's communicator style and attractiveness. (Tables of findings are included.) (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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