ERIC Number: EJ851630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
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Brief Report: Sociometric Status and Behavioral Characteristics of Peer Nominated Buddies for a Child with Autism
Campbell, Jonathan M.; Marino, Christine A.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v39 n9 p1359-1363 Sep 2009
We examined social and behavioral correlates of children selected by their peers to serve as peer buddies for an unfamiliar child with autism (CWA). Participants were 293 children from two public elementary schools who completed social status, behavioral, and peer buddy nomination measures. Peer buddy nominations for a CWA were related to: (a) perceived unpopularity; (b) being viewed as helpful and smart; and (c) lacking influence regarding popularity within the classroom. In contrast, peer buddy nominations for a typical boy were related to being viewed as popular, helpful, and self-confident. Students may select a social niche for CWA based on principles of peer homophily. Limitations and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Social Status, Autism, Sociometric Techniques, Peer Relationship, Elementary School Students, Student Behavior, Self Esteem, Attitudes toward Disabilities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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