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ERIC Number: ED545441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 224
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2675-4926-6
Deep, Deep, Deep Inside We're All Friends: A Qualitative Study of How Young Girls Engage, Develop, Maintain, and Assess Relationships with Peers
McGraw, Sheila Ruth
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Rhode Island
This qualitative research study examines the manner in which second grade girls engage, develop, maintain, and assess relationships with peers. Grounded theory methodology was employed to collect and analyze data. The study makes three claims: the institutional structure of the school impacted the development of friendships between and among second grade girls, the behavior patterns and common characteristics shared by seven and eight year old girls during the development of friendships were deliberate, and seven and eight year old girls used their common interests to include and exclude members in their group. Discussion of the third claim explores parallels between the behaviors practiced by the second grade girls in non-threatening manners and those behaviors used by their adolescent counterparts during female bullying. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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