Children's Peer Relations: From Development to Intervention
Janis B. Kupersmidt, Kenneth A. Dodge
American Psychological Association, Jan 1, 2004 - Psychology - 289 pages
Prior to the past decade, psychologists (and laypersons alike) assumed that when psychologists referred to children being rejected or victimized that they meant that the child was rejected or victimized by a parent. No one thought about rejection or victimization by peers at the time, nor was it considered to be a serious problem. Similarly, when a child had behavioral, academic, or emotional problems, it was assumed that his or her parents--most often the child's mother--were ultimately the cause. These assumptions were challenged and the field of child development underwent a transformation from a narrow focus on the effects of parents, and more particularly, mothers, on their children's development to a consideration of other contextual factors in the development of the child. This book aims to provide an overview of the main areas of research on peer relations conducted by John D. Coie and his students and collaborators over the past 30 years. Coie's work put a human face on the problem of rejection by peers. By conducting ongoing interventions with children who are socially rejected, both funded and not funded, he was able to learn about individual lives as well as normative processes. Our goal in creating this volume was to honor John D. Coie and his work as a scientist, clinician, mentor, and teacher. The volume itself is divided into five parts. These parts mirror in some ways the research path taken by Coie from more basic research on the study of peer relationships, their correlates, and consequences to intervention and prevention studies. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved).
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