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ERIC Number: EJ876206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Similarity Predicts Liking in 3-Year-Old Children
Fawcett, Christine A.; Markson, Lori
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v105 n4 p345-358 Apr 2010
Two studies examined the influence of similarity on 3-year-old children's initial liking of their peers. Children were presented with pairs of childlike puppets who were either similar or dissimilar to them on a specified dimension and then were asked to choose one of the puppets to play with as a measure of liking. Children selected the puppet whose food preferences or physical appearance matched their own. Unpacking the physical appearance finding revealed that the stable similarity of hair color may influence liking more strongly than the transient similarity of shirt color. A second study showed that children also prefer to play with a peer who shares their toy preferences, yet importantly, show no bias toward a peer who is similar on an arbitrary dimension. The findings provide insight into the earliest development of peer relations in young children. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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