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ERIC Number: EJ813810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Conflict between Peers in Infancy and Toddler Age: What Do They Fight about?
Licht, Batya; Simoni, Heidi; Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v28 n3 p235-249 Oct 2008
Although much psychological research has been conducted on children's conflicts with peers from as young as one year, very little attention has been paid to the question of the motivation underlying these conflicts. Nevertheless, what a child tries to achieve in a conflict can be highly relevant for understanding his/her conflict behavior, conflict resolution strategies, manner of coping with the outcome of conflicts, and impact of pedagogical intervention. Most researchers suppose that young children fight mainly over the possession of objects. In a longitudinal study, children were filmed during free play in daycare centers at ages 8, 14 and 22 months. Analyzing the film material employing qualitative methods, two different motivational themes at 8 months and an increasing variety of motivational issues at 14 and 22 months were identified. It was found that the earliest manifested and consistently dominant motivation is the need to explore, not to possess. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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