Concurrent and longitudinal links between children’s and their friends’ antisocial and prosocial behavior in preschool

Eivers, Areana, Brendgen, Mara, Vitaro, Frank, & Borge, Anne (2012) Concurrent and longitudinal links between children’s and their friends’ antisocial and prosocial behavior in preschool. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 27(1), pp. 137-146.

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Concurrent and longitudinal links between children’s own and their nominated best friends’ antisocial and prosocial behavior were studied in a normative sample of 3–5-year-olds (N = 203). Moderating effects of age and gender were also explored. Subscales of the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) were used to obtain teacher ratings of behavior for each target child and his/her nominated best friends. Nomination of best friends with higher levels of antisocial behavior and lower levels of prosocial behavior was concurrently linked to more antisocial behavior in boys. Nomination of highly prosocial best friends was concurrently linked to more prosocial behavior in both boys and girls. However, the study found no longitudinal effects of best friends’ behavior on target child’s behavior over a one-year period. A group of children who nominated no best friends at T1 were generally perceived as less prosocial, but not more antisocial, than other children. © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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ID Code: 55978
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Early Childhood, Peer Influence, Social Adjustment, Friendship
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2011.05.001
ISSN: 0885-2006
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier
Deposited On: 02 Jan 2013 00:21
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2013 04:01

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