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ERIC Number: ED262870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
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Stable and Unstable Friendships: An Observational Study of Hearing and Deaf Preschoolers.
Lederberg, Amy R.; And Others
In this study, 33 hearing and 29 deaf preschoolers were observed during outdoor free play at their respective schools over a seven-month period in an effort to determine if their friendships were unstable and transitory. Four issues were addressed: (1) the possibility that maintained and non-maintained friends serve different functions (this was examined by describing qualitative and quantitative differences in the play of these two types of friends); (2) the effects of the age, sex, and ethnic composition on the incidence of maintained and non-maintained friends; (3) the stability of friendship groups of social cliques which have been found in preschool classrooms; and (4) the length of time that maintained friendships were continued over a seven-month period. Contrary to past research, the results of this study suggest that maintained friends are at least as important as non-maintained friends during the preschool years. In general, the pattern of results was similar among the hearing and deaf children. The possible differential functions of maintained and non-maintained friends for preschool social development are discussed. (DST)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Texas Univ., Dallas.
Authoring Institution: N/A