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ERIC Number: EJ963732
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0272-930X
Friends' Responses to Children's Disclosure of an Achievement-Related Success: An Observational Study
Altermatt, Ellen Rydell; Ivers, Ivy E.
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, v57 n4 Article 5 p429-454 Oct 2011
This study examined social support processes in the context of positive events. The conversations of fourth-grade through sixth-grade focal children and their friends (N = 116) were observed after focal children outperformed their friend on an achievement-related task. Changes in focal children's performance-related positive affect from prediscussion to postdiscussion were predicted from the features of these conversations. Focal children reported more positive affect when friends engaged in relatively high levels of help seeking and relatively low levels of off-task talk. Friends' responses were, in turn, predicted by friendship quality as rated by focal children and friends. Results are discussed in light of the changes in school adjustment and peer relationships that many children experience as they approach adolescence. (Contains 2 figures, 5 footnotes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A