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ERIC Number: EJ816360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0165-0254
The Effects of Conflict Role and Intensity on Preschoolers' Expectations about Peer Conflict
David, Kevin M.; Murphy, Bridget C.; Naylor, Janett M.; Stonecipher, Kim M.
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v28 n6 p508-517 2004
Using a puppet procedure depicting hypothetical conflict involving the participant and a peer, 96 preschoolers' (48 boys and 48 girls; M = 5.14 years, SD = 0.78 years) expectations about peer conflict were assessed as a function of their role in the conflict (i.e., initiator of or responder to initial provocation) and the intensity level of the conflict. Initiators of conflict expected less conflict escalation and subsequent problems with the same peer from the conflict than did responders, particularly following low-intensity conflict. Findings also indicated that, for low-intensity but not high-intensity conflict, girls expected the same peer to provoke them during a subsequent interaction more often than did boys. Results provide further support for assessing preschoolers' understanding of conflict and are consistent with previous work demonstrating a self-serving bias in young children's perceptions and reports of their conflicts with other children. Moreover, findings are discussed in terms of their implications for the development of peer relations. (Contains 2 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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