ERIC Number: EJ725496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-1
Reference Count: 43
Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Relations among Children's Trust Beliefs, Psychological Maladjustment and Social Relationships: Are Very High as Well as Very Low Trusting Children at Risk?
Rotenberg, Ken J.; Boulton, Michael J.; Fox, Claire L.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v33 n5 p595 Oct 2005
Four hundred and thirty-four children enrolled in school years 5 and 6 in the United Kingdom were administered measures of trust beliefs in peers/best friends and psychosocial functioning (internalized maladjustment, self-perceived social acceptance, social preference, and social exclusion) across an 8-month period (mean age = 9 years-9 months at Time 1). The relation between children's trust beliefs in peers or trust beliefs within best friend dyads and measures of psychosocial functioning conformed to a quadratic pattern. Compared to children in the middle range of trust beliefs, children with very low trust beliefs and those with very high trust beliefs in peers and/or within best friend dyads displayed higher internalized maladjustment, lower self-perceived social acceptance, higher social exclusion, and lower social preference. The relation between the trust beliefs and internalized maladjustment was asymmetrical, with children who held very low trust beliefs being comparatively more disadvantaged.
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), Grade 5, Grade 6, Adjustment (to Environment), Interpersonal Competence, Friendship, Peer Relationship, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom