ERIC Number: ED284673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Siblings as Facilitators of Exploratory Play in Young Children.
Koester, Lynne Sanford; Penny, Judith M.
The present study compared the presence of sibling versus non-sibling partners in relation to the exploratory behaviors of toddlers in a novel environment. It was predicted that young children would use siblings as a secure base from which to explore the environment even in the absence of an adult attachment figure, whereas the presence of a non-sibling was expected to be less facilitative of such activity. Data from 20 children with a mean age of 2.8 years were analyzed according to physical exploration (locomotor and play activities) and social interaction with the older partner. All subjects who were eliminated from the study due to distress in the unfamiliar environment were with non-siblings at the time. When toddlers were paired with their own siblings, they explored more areas of the room, played with more toys, and ventured greater distances from their partners than when they were paired with an unrelated child. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual British Psychological Society Conference (York, England, September 11-14, 1987). Filmed from best available copy.