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ERIC Number: EJ875879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1325
Predicting Having a Best Friend in Young Children: Individual Characteristics and Friendship Features
Sebanc, Anne M.; Kearns, Kathryn T.; Hernandez, Maria D.; Galvin, Katie B.
Journal of Genetic Psychology, v168 n1 p81-95 Mar 2007
In this study, the authors investigated the characteristics that predict best friend status in young children. One hundred and twenty-four preschool, kindergarten, and first-grade children identified their "best friend" and up to four "other friends" in their class. Teachers completed a questionnaire about each friendship to determine positive and negative features of the relationships. First, the authors used individual characteristics to predict if a child had a best friend. The variables age, gender, and peer acceptance predicted that a child would have a best friend. Second, positive friendship features positively predicted best friendships in analyses of all friendship pairs. Best friendships are meaningful relationships to children even at this young age and offer children more positive experiences than do other friendships. (Contains 3 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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