Children's Peer Relations: From Development to Intervention

Front Cover
Janis B. Kupersmidt, Kenneth A. Dodge
American Psychological Association, Jan 1, 2004 - Psychology - 289 pages
0 Reviews
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).

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

About the author (2004)

Kupersmidt is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also the president of Innovation Research and Training, a research organization devoted to bridging the gaps between science, practice, and policy.

Kenneth A. Dodge, PhD, is the William McDougall Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology at Duke University, where he directs the Center for Child and Family Policy. He has teamed up with colleagues to create, implement, and evaluate the Fast Track Program to prevent chronic violence in high-risk children and the Durham Family Initiative to prevent child abuse. He has been honored with the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, the Boyd McCandless Award, and the Senior Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Health.
Thomas J. Dishion, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of Research at the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon. His interests include understanding the development of antisocial behavior and substance abuse in youth and designing effective interventions and prevention programs. He focuses on family-centered interventions and the negative effects of aggregating high-risk youth into intervention groups. He has published over 90 scientific reports on these topics, a book for parents on family management, and two books for professionals.
Jennifer E. Lansford, PhD, is a Research Scientist at the Duke University Center for Child and Family Policy. Her research focuses on the development of aggression and other behavior problems in youth, with an emphasis on how family and peer contexts contribute to or protect against these outcomes. She examines how experiences with parents (e.g., physical abuse, divorce) and peers (e.g., rejection, friendships) affect the development of children's behavior problems, how influence operates in adolescent peer groups, and how culturalcontexts moderate links between parents' discipline strategies and children's behavior problems.

Bibliographic information