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ERIC Number: EJ907158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1040-9289
Peer Relationships across the Preschool to School Transition
Quinn, Marian; Hennessy, Eilis
Early Education and Development, v21 n6 p825-842 2010
Research Findings: The aim of this longitudinal study was to explore peer relationships across the transition from preschool to school. Participants were 35 (17 male) children attending the Irish preschool initiative Early Start (M age = 49.31 months). Sociometric measures were employed on two occasions: at the end of preschool and in the first year of school. Results indicated that most preschoolers (83%) had at least one mutual friend, and by school age "all" children had at least one mutual friend. Almost one third (29%) of preschools and school-age children had a mutual best friend. Notably, "all" children made new friends in school. In addition, a number of friendships (18%) survived the preschool to school transition. Correlational analysis also suggested some stability in peer relationships from preschool into the first year of school. Exploratory multiple regression analyses showed that preschool peer variables predicted friendship status and social preference in school. Furthermore, best friendship in preschool uniquely predicted friendship in school, and best friend status in school was uniquely associated with social preference in school. Practice: Results have implications for parents' and early educators' promotion of children's friendships during the transition from preschool to school. (Contains 2 footnotes 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist