ERIC Number: ED357851
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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Improving Sociometric Methods for Defining Friendship.
Hardy, Cindy; And Others
Using a theoretical conceptualization of friendship as a context for development, this study evaluated modifications of standard sociometric procedures to assess friendship. A culturally diverse sample of 237 children in grades 3 through 6 completed two sociometric nominations over a 1-month period and rated the quality of their best friendship and their social competence. Sociometric nominations involved children's degree of friendship with their classmates; nominations were coded for mutuality and for stability of mutuality over the 1-month period. From the results of the study, it is concluded that: (1) the rates of stability of friendship observed were comparable to those reported in studies using standard sociometric techniques; (2) the techniques in this study permitted identification of good friendships; and (3) the assessment of short-term stability of mutuality of friendship enhanced the prediction of social competence, beyond the level achieved by the assessment of mutuality of friendship alone. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).; Concordia Univ., Montreal (Quebec).
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