ERIC Number: ED314200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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How Well Preschool Children Know Their Friends.
Field, Tory; And Others
In an effort to determine whether very young children really know who their best friends are, 16 preschool children were observed during classroom and playground activities. If a preschooler played with a child at least half the time, that child was considered the preschooler's best friend. Observations and teachers' selections of best friend pairs were used to confirm children's verbal interview selections. Children's interviews focused on naming the best friend, the friend's physical characteristics, and the functions of friends. Findings showed that: (1) teachers' reports and classroom and playground observations confirmed that children as young as preschoolers know who their best friends are; (2) more children correctly remembered whom they played with in the classroom than whom they played with on the playground; (3) children's ability to correctly remember their best friend's hair color, relative height, and age increased with age; and (4) children were consistent in their reasons for having friends. The most common reasons involved play and the fact that they liked their friends. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
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