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Spivak, Asha L.; Howes, Carollee – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2011
This study examined whether social exchanges and relationships among young children and with teachers in early care and education are associated with prosocial behavior of children from diverse ethnocultural backgrounds. Social and relational factors including closeness of the teacher-child relationship, emotional tone of teacher-child…
Descriptors: Play, Prosocial Behavior, Disadvantaged Youth, Interpersonal Relationship
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Bagwell, Catherine L.; Schmidt, Michelle E. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2011
This study examines links between overt and relational victimization and the quality of children's best friendships. Third-grade through fifth-grade children completed measures in the fall (n = 675) and spring (n = 620). There were strong concurrent associations between both types of victimization and friendship quality. Controlling for…
Descriptors: Conflict, Peer Relationship, Friendship, Grade 5
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Howe, Nina; Rinaldi, Christina M.; Recchia, Holly E. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2010
Internal state language is a unique indicator of children's social understanding. In the current study, the role of context and type of internal state language was investigated. Mother-child internal state discourse in 32 middle-class Canadian families (child M age = 46.4 months) was examined across four contexts: (1) a reflective picture task,…
Descriptors: Mothers, Preschool Children, Social Cognition, Investigations
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Mayeux, Lara; Underwood, Marion K.; Risser, Scott D. – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2007
Perceptions of children and teachers were examined to address concerns regarding children's welfare following sociometric testing. Third-graders (N = 91) were interviewed; teachers also reported on each child's responses to the testing. Results indicate that children were not hurt or upset by the testing, most enjoyed the procedures, did not feel…
Descriptors: Testing, Peer Relationship, Ethics, Teachers
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Moore, Kristin Anderson – Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2006
Basic research can inform social policy in a number of ways. First, it can draw the attention of policy makers to problems. Second, it can deflect policy makers away from focusing on issues that are not really problems. Third, it can help policy makers understand whether or not factors are causally related to problems and the processes underlying…
Descriptors: Policy Formation, Researchers, Research, Access to Information