ERIC Number: EJ942254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
The Entry Behavior of Aggressive/Rejected Children: The Contributions of Status and Temperament
Wilson, Beverly J.
Social Development, v15 n3 p463-479 Aug 2006
This study investigated the entry behavior and temperamental characteristics of aggressive/rejected and nonaggressive/popular kindergarten and first-grade children. An analog entry situation was used to assess children's entry skills. Aggressive/rejected children had more difficulty than nonaggressive/popular children delivering their entry bids in a well-timed manner and engaged in more disruptive entry strategies. They also tended to use more aggressive entry strategies after experiencing entry failure. The children's temperamental characteristics accounted for significant variance in their entry behavior. Temperamental fear made a positive contribution to children's use of socially appropriate entry strategies. The children's status and impulsiveness each explained unique variance in their use of disruptive entry strategies. Aggressive/rejected girls were more impulsive than other groups and tended to be less fearful.
Descriptors: Aggression, Rejection (Psychology), Peer Acceptance, Behavior Problems, Personality Traits, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Young Children, Social Development, Interpersonal Competence, Fear, Gender Differences, Student Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 1; Kindergarten
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