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ERIC Number: EJ1020301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0343
Children's Social Competence within Close Friendship: The Role of Self-Perception and Attachment Orientations
Scharf, Miri
School Psychology International, v35 n2 p206-220 Apr 2014
The associations between self-perception and attachment orientations and three aspects of children's competence within friendships were examined: "Managing conflict", "seeking support", and "giving support". Questionnaires were completed by 260 4th- and 5th-grade students. Homeroom teachers reported on the children's social adjustment. Secure attachment orientation and positive self-perception were positively associated with prosocial friendship competencies, and negatively associated with disengaging strategies. By contrast, ambivalent attachment was related to accommodation strategy and to disengaging strategies in the context of seeking and giving support. Girls and boys showed different levels of competencies within friendships; the results also demonstrate that engaging and disengaging strategies might function differently for boys and girls, and reveal the moderating role of attachment. The role of culture in children's competencies and the implications for intervention for children with friendship difficulties are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 5; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Self Perception Profile for Children
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A