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ERIC Number: ED449207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 6
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Relational Schemas in Children's Friendship Dyads as a Function of Peer Group Status.
Graham, James A.; Gangluff, Andrea; Kollock, Kevin; Pizza, Jennifer
This study explored relational schemas in children's friendships. A total of 96 children (45 males and 51 females from grades 3, 4, and 5) from an urban elementary school in the northeast participated in both phases of the study. During phase 1, children completed a series of sociometric measures: (1) peer liking nominations; (2) peer disliking nominations; (3) peer ratings; and (4) friendship nominations. During phase 2 (the experimental condition), children completed an achievement motivation measure, engaged in a game task, and responded to a relational impressions questionnaire. Overall, relational schemas and targets' social status (popular, rejected) have an influence on a child's behavior. Generally, response times for children to decide to seek help or not are greatly influenced by relational expectancies (best friend, nonfriend), social status of the child (popular, rejected), and level of achievement motivation. This research highlights the complexity and importance of evaluating the social-cognitive processes, and the function of relational schemas and social status in children's relationships. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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