Friendships in the early years

Theobald, Maryanne, Danby, Susan, Thompson, Catherine, & Thorpe, Karen (2014) Friendships in the early years. In Garvis, Susanne & Pendergast, Donna (Eds.) Health and Wellbeing in the Early Years. Cambridge University Press, pp. 115-132.

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Having a best friend or close friend is closely connected to children’s health and well being in the early years. Having friends safeguards children from social isolation and is associated with academic attainment and social success. In early childhood, children often make friends through play or other shared activities. This chapter investigates friendships and children’s well being in the early years of schooling. Drawing on direct accounts and representations from interviews with young children about friendships, the chapter outlines characteristics of friendship and strategies children use to make friends and manage disputes as they negotiate roles in play and shared spaces. Three key dimensions of friendship are evident in the children’s accounts: friendship is enduring, friendship is mutual and friendship involves an emotional investment. This chapter provides educators with an understanding of the important role that friendships have for happiness and wellbeing in the early years.

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ID Code: 67128
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: friendship, early years, wellbeing, children, early childhood education
ISBN: 9781107652262
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2014 23:06
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 04:42

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