ERIC Number: ED365080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-12
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Differences in Belief Systems about Friendship Employed by Two Groups of Adolescents with Mild Handicaps.
Camerer, M. C. Gore; Smith, Bruce D.
This study examined differences in belief systems about friendship employed by two groups of students (total n=24) with mild disabilities in a vocational program. Members of one group had a fair number of reciprocal friendships and high satisfaction, whereas members of the other group had few reciprocal friendships and low satisfaction. Individual interviews involved grouping and ranking various friendship behaviors. Both qualitative and quantitative analysis procedures were employed. Findings of the quantitative data yielded no significant differences between groups' complexity of thinking about friendship. However, the qualitative analysis found the high friendship group employed such constructs as "helping," and "sticking up for a friend," not employed by the low friendship group. Additionally, the high friendship group consistently showed dissatisfaction only with amount of time spent with friends whereas the low friendship group reported dissatisfaction with reciprocity, quality, and number of friends, as well as with time spent with friends. (Contains 33 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12, 1993).