ERIC Number: EJ876365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
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Reference Count: 41
The Development of Peer Interaction in Infancy: Exploring the Dyadic Processes
Williams, Shannon Tierney; Ontai, Lenna L.; Mastergeorge, Ann M.
Social Development, v19 n2 p348-368 May 2010
Peer interaction is an important component of children's social repertoires that is associated with a variety of developmental outcomes and life skills. The present study provides an in-depth study of early dyadic peer behaviors during the infancy period, during which social competence with peers is first being developed. Results from variable-centered analyses highlight the effectiveness of behaviors, such as offering objects to peers, and point to the importance of the social context set by a peer's prior social behavior and processes for eliciting peer responses. Findings from person-centered analyses reveal marked individual differences in the processes through which infants are successful in eliciting responses from their peers, illustrating the presence of multiple pathways to achieving social competence with peers.
Descriptors: Social Behavior, Infants, Interaction, Social Environment, Interpersonal Competence, Peer Relationship, Social Development, Individual Differences
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